Founded in 1881 by Charles Lamoureux, a big admiror of Richard Wagner’s music. It is thanks to the Lamoureux Concerts tha the French discovered for the first time Lohengrin, in 1891. The following decades witnessed the French repertoire presentations. Debussy and Ravel respectively granted him world creations of The Sea, the Concerto in Sol, Valse and of Bolera in the concert version.
Its history is also linked to big names such as Leonard Bernstein, Paul Paray, Igor Markevitch, Jean Martinon, Yutaka Sado, its honorary director Michel Plasson, Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Arthur Grumiaux, Clara Haskil, Jacques Thibaux, Karine Deshayes, Nathalie Dessay… Since some time, L’Orchestre Lamoureux developped in parallel to its musical seasons, a panel of cultural actions : The baby Concerts, The Musical Workshops, Children on stage… Faithfuly to its tradition in creativity and contemporaneity, L’Orchestre grants its attention to popular musicians and singers such as Rita Mitsouko, Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano, Catherine Lara, Agnès Jaoui, Jean Birkin, Derrick May, IAM, Ed Banger Records, in order to support them with a big symphonic orchestral sound.