In the spring of 1873, the music publisher Georges Hartmann and a violinist from the Paris Opera, Édouard Colonne, organised a series of concerts under the title of 'Concert National' at the Théâtre de l'Odéon with the intention of promoting French composers. Colonne conducted, but despite his success, Hartmann was forced to withdraw his financial support. Buoyed by his own success, Colonne founded his own orchestra: the Association Artistique which, from November 1873, was housed in the Théâtre du Châtelet.
The Concerts Colonne continued to promote the contemporary music of the day and included works by Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Wagner and Fauré in their programmes. Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Richard Strauss and Prokofiev all came to conduct their works at the Concerts Colonne.
Past conductors of the orchestra have included Charles Munch and Pierre Dervaux while, more recently, Kent Nagano and Mauricio Kagel have directed the ensemble.Show more