Klaus Mäkelä
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Philharmonie Paris and Orchestre de Paris as well as the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam have announced a musical partnership. These institutions will work together in different areas over the course of the coming years. At the heart of the partnership is the Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and Artistic Partner and Chief Conductor Designate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Several projects are imagined over the coming seasons, the press release says – exchanges between the two orchestras, co-commissioning of new works, educational projects and a reflection on environmental issues.

The two orchestras will also give concerts in each other’s cities. This exchange begins with the the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performing at the Philharmonie de Paris with conductor Paavo Järvi and violinist Lisa Batiashvili on 21 February 2023.  The Orchestre de Paris and Mäkelä will appear in Amsterdam with violinist Janine Jansen on 7 March 2023 at the invitation of the Royal Concertgebouw.

The Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris will participate in major choral works performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä in the coming seasons.

The orchestras have announced that the will co-commission a series of new works including pieces by Betsy Jolas, Unsuk Chin and Anders Hillborg as well as pieces by younger and less well-known composers.

Furthermore, they intend to share ambitious artistic projects, including staged or semi-staged concerts or operas.

The orchestras will also work together through their respective academies as well as the Concertgebouworkest Young orchestra initiative.

Finally, the two orchestras – situated in cities three hours away from each other by train – will reflect together on new approaches to being environmentally responsible, both at home and on tour.

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