Founded in 2011 by conductor Claire Gibault, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is a unique ensemble – committed, daring and unanimous in its sense of purpose. Through challenging and innovative programming the PMO champions both classical and contemporary music, while advancing the accessibility of the arts in a generous spirit of open-hearted partnership.
Alive to every audience, boldly exploring every new horizon, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is an orchestra like no other.
excellence for everyone
The Paris Mozart Orchestra performs as naturally at prestigious French concert halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Philharmonie in Paris, the Théâtre des Quinconces in Le Mans or the Arsenal in Metz, as in prisons, hospitals and school canteens. We believe that strong artistic choices are inseparable from a strong social commitment.
To be a member of the orchestra is not only to participate in an exciting musical adventure; it is also a way to share in and champion the strongest of humanitarian values, reaching out to the very young, the underprivileged and the alienated. Every year, approximately 50% of the PMO’s activities are devoted to educational or social projects.
Showcasing the talents of the outstanding soloists of the Paris Mozart Orchestra (members of the acclaimed Psophos Quartet, Hélios Trio…) lies at the heart of the PMO project. The PMO also strives to promote an equal number of women in principal positions, paving the way for greater inclusion and diversity.
The ensemble regularly collaborates with world-class artists such as sopranos Natalie Dessay and pianist Maria João Pires, as well as outstanding young soloists such as pianists Isata Kanneh-Mason, Adam Laloum and Marie-Ange Nguci or trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary.
A powerful advocate of contemporary music, artistic director Claire Gibault commissions each season a new multimedia “melologue” from a distinguished composer (Fabio Vacchi, Sylvia Colasanti, Graciane Finzi, Edith Canat de Chizy, Philippe Hersant, Alexandra Grimal…) creating an original and highly evocative repertory designed as much to enthrall today’s music lovers and concert goers as to inspire and challenge the young participants in the PMO’s award-winning educational arts and culture project Orchestre Au Bahut, a laureate of La France S’Engage.
Among its recent projects, the PMO performed at the Philharmonie de Paris, Stresa Festival (Italy), French May Festival (Hong Kong), Folle Journée (Nantes), Festival de Pâques (Aix-en-Provence).
Current and future projects include a 10-day tour in Mexico, concerts in theatres of the Paris region, and debuts the Nuova Consonanza Festival in Roma, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Auditorium National de Lyon. The Paris Mozart Orchestra is a co-founder, with the Philharmonie de Paris, of La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors, which will have its 2nd edition in March 2022.
Through Orchestre Au Bahut, a project devised and developed in close consultation with the Education Authorities of the Paris region, the PMO works each year with 16 schools, collèges and lycées in and around the Ile-de-France region to create an ambitious multi-disciplinary arts and culture programme offering students a unique interactive experience to touch, inspire and enrich their lives.
The PMO’s first recording featured the melologue Soudain dans la Forêt Profonde, a setting by Fabio Vacchi of words by Amos Oz; their 2nd CD “Pictures of America” with Natalie Dessay was released by Sony in December 2016. Inspired by the paintings of the American realist Edward Hopper, it includes works by Graciane Finzi and Samuel Barber alongside a selection of American jazz classics. In 2018, the PMO collaborated with graphic novelist Sandrine Revel, winner of the prestigious Prix Artemisia for her graphic novel Glenn Gould, a life off tempo in 2016. Inspired in many different ways by Claire Gibault and the PMO, her acclaimed album Pygmalion was published in France in May 2018, featuring a recording of Georg Benda’s Pygmalion performed by the PMO. More audio projects are on the cards for 2022.
The PMO is proud to count on the continuing support of its principal sponsor the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, as well as the invaluable help of the Ardian Foundation, Crédit Agricole Île-de-France Mécénat, Fondation SFR, Groupe ADP, Maison de la Musique Contemporaine, SACEM, TotalEnergies Foundation and Vivendi Create Joy. Many thanks to the Fondation Signature for joigning us recently, as well as members from the Cercle des donateurs and individual donors to our crowdfunding campaign launched in fall 2020.