Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, entrust to Laurent Bayle, President of the Public Establishment of the Philharmonie de Paris, the mission of preparing the integration of the Orchestre de Paris into the Philharmonie de Paris.
In creating the Orchestre de Paris in 1967, its founding fathers, André Malraux and Marcel Landowski, entrusted it with the mission of being the spearhead of French symphonic life.
Following the celebration of its 50th anniversary, Françoise Nyssen and Anne Hidalgo decided to give a renewed impetus to this ambition, by making the Orchestre de Paris fully benefit from the dynamic context created by the formidable success of the Philharmonie de Paris, to which he has contributed greatly as principal resident orchestra.
This is why the State and the city of Paris have decided to entrust to Laurent Bayle the mission of designing and preparing a harmonious integration of the Orchestre de Paris within the public establishment of the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris.
This integration will ensure that the identity of the Orchestre de Paris is preserved as well as the link with its loyal audience, while strengthening its means and its role in the democratization of culture. It will also have to rely on the excellence of its musicians and the place acquired by the Philharmonie de Paris on the international symphony scene to further develop its influence beyond our borders. It will be conducted in a spirit of consultation and dialogue.
As part of his mission, Laurent Bayle will also have to accompany the Orchestre de Paris to succeed Daniel Harding, who will step down as music director at the end of the 2018 – 2019 season.