Philharmonie de Paris, the Parisian Mecca of Music

The Philharmonie de Paris is located on Place de la Fontaine aux Lions de Nubie, at the south entrance of the Parc de la Villette.

Philharmonie de Paris in Parc de la Villette - Paris
Philharmonie de Paris in Parc de la Villette – Paris

It is dedicated to all styles of music and is placed under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.

It consists of two sections.

The Philharmonie 1 includes the Grande Salle, an auditorium with a capacity of 2400 seats.

The architect Jean Nouvel designed the building that was inaugurated on January 14, 2015.

The Philharmonie 2 replaces the Cité de la Musique, the original building designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in 1995.

What’s inside?

This section includes two concert halls with a capacity of 900 and 250 seats, the Music Museum and the  media-library or Médiathèque.

The Philharmonie de Paris covers a total area of 19 800 m² that includes 1,100 m² of exhibition space, 1750 m² dedicated to teaching, rehearsing rooms, studios and even a restaurant.

It also accommodates five orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, L’Ensemble Intercontemporain, L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Les Arts Florissants and Orchestre National  de l’Île-de-France.

The Philharmonie de Paris is catering to everyone, both to novices and savvy music lovers, and offers also free daily concerts.

A series of thematic concerts introduce a vast array of musical repertoires ranging from classical to baroque, contemporary, jazz, pop music, as well as musics from around the world.

The last acquisition of the Philharmonie de Paris is the great symphonic organ which was inaugurated on February 6, 2016.

This exceptional instrument weighs 25 tons and has 6055 pipes (91 stops of 61 pipes) and 4 keyboards.

The Music Museum is in itself a true cultural magnet, as the permanent exhibitions propose over a thousand musical instruments from around the world, some that belonged to the great musicians.

For example, you’ll discover Chopin’s piano as well as a guitar owned by the French singer Georges Brassens.

Temporary innovative exhibitions, that mix music with fine arts and history, contribute to turn the Philharmonie de Paris into a major cultural and musical crossroads.

Directions: 19th district – 221 Avenue Jean-Jaurès
Metro: Porte de Pantin on Line 5
Coordinates: Lat 48.891916 – Long 2.393972

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