Founded in 1982 by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre breathes new life into the repertoires of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, performed on period instruments. Over the past thirty years, the Orchestra drew attention with its reinterpretations of the works of Handel, Purcell and Rameau, but also Haydn and Mozart and more recently Bach and Schubert. It is also well known for its performances of nineteenth-century French music: Berlioz (Les Nuits d’été, Harold en Italie), Bizet (L’Arlésienne), Massenet (Cendrillon), etc.
Its recent operatic successes include Hoffmann’s Tales by Offenbach at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Handel’s Alcina at the Wiener Staatsoper, Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival as well as Idomeneo at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Salzburg Mozartwoche and the Musikfestbremen where the Orchestra has performed regularly since 1995.
The season 2013/14 will honour Gluck with Alceste at the Opéra Garnier and Orfeo ed Euridice in Salzburg and Grenoble. Upcoming plans also include L'histoire du soldat (Stravinsky) / El Amor brujo (De Falla) at the MC2 in Grenoble and at the Opéra Comique, the retake of Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Handel) in Berlin as well as Il Turco in Italia (Rossini) and Les Boréades (Rameau) at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
In 2010 Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble recorded all the London symphonies by Haydn and in 2012 they recorded all symphonies by Schubert, both for the label Naïve.
Based in Grenoble since 1996, supported by the Ville de Grenoble, the Conseil Général de l’Isère, the Région Rhône-Alpes and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Rhône-Alpes), the Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble has an extensive outreach and educational programme to promote classical music in the Rhône-Alpes region.