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Orchestre national Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Orchestre national Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Under the baton of Principal Conductor Thomas Zehetmair and Associate Conductors Enrico Onofri and Christian Zacharias, the Orchestre national Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is thrilled to launch a brand-new musical season packed with adventurous programmes, concerts and tours. Thanks to the support and impetus of our Associate Conductors and the surrounding region as a whole, our unique ensemble has been able to successfully enrich its repertoire with a plethora of original and inventive projects, weaving together a series of concerts across stages near and far in perfect harmony.

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From quartet to orchestra, the globally-minded string ensemble continues to project the charm of its region across international borders, all the while innovating within the metropolis of Clermont-Ferrand and its home streets in Auvergne through a whole host of musical formats suitable for all kinds of audiences, from Baby concerts, Snack and Late-night concerts, and Coffee concerts to recitals in nursing homes and local residencies: a diverse approach recognised by the Ministry of Culture in 2019, awarding the ensemble the prestigious title of "Orchestre national en région".

Testament to the huge diversity of its repertoire, to date the orchestra has recorded 50 albums exploring an abundance of musical styles, from baroque masterpieces to contemporary creations. The ensemble is also the first French orchestra to create its own 100% freely accessible digital label, OnA Live, which has currently been streamed more than 400,000 times in almost 160 countries.

Since it was founded in 1981, the Orchestre national Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has always strived to reach a broad audience both regionally and internationally. Nestled in the heart of the Massif Central, the ensemble is praised amongst French orchestral music lovers for its unique sonority, strength and quest for absolute perfection. Initially formed with Jean-Jacques Kantorow at the helm, followed by Arie van Beek and Roberto Forés Veses, the orchestra has a signature sound that has gradually been shaped by the invaluable input of musical directors past and present, now instantly recognised across the world.

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