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Founded in 2012, Insula orchestra has risen to prominence through acclaimed appearances with Music Director Laurence Equilbey at major venues and festivals as well as through hailed CD releases and television appearances.
In spring 2017, the orchestra will be inaugurating the new Seine Musicale de l'Ile Seguin, an island in the River Seine in Paris. Laurence Equilbey and the Insula orchestra will be responsible for programing a classical music series of about 30 concerts per season at the Auditorium of La Seine Musicale, featuring concerts of both the Insula orchestra and international guest ensembles.
In 2017/2018, Insula will tour in Europe with ambitious programmes, including Haydn’s Creation staged by the Fura dels Baus and will appear at the Teater an der Wien, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and at the Opera Comique.
22 Apr 2017
Laurence Equilbey conducts Insula orchestra for the inaugural concert of La Seine Musicale in Paris, with a programme of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber and Berlioz. The opening of this vast and...
23 Jan 2017
The Times recently published a full-page article on La Seine Musicale, the new concert venue to the West of Paris, which will be the Insula orchestra’s new home from April 2017. Laurence Equilbey...
10 Oct 2016
After two successful concerts in Sceaux, France, Insula orchestra, Laurence Equilbey and Viktoria Mulova performing on 10 October in Santander, Spain at the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in a...
16 Sep 2016
After a short summer break, Laurence Equilbey and Insula orchestra are touring again with their ‘Solemn Mozart’ programme, which features Solemn Vespers KV 339 and the ...
27 Apr 2016
As part of their international touring this season, which included London’s Barbican in September and Basel in March, Laurence Equilbey and
Insula orchestra return to Austria for Mozart’s...
08 Mar 2016
Laurence Equilbey and Insula orchestra continue their Heroic Beethoven tour, which began on 5 March at the Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence, with a sold out concert on 8 March at the...
23 Sep 2015
Laurence Equilbey and Insula orchestra made their UK debut on 21 September with an acclaimed performance of early works at London’s Barbican Centre.
Hannah Nepil of the Financial Times...
17 Sep 2015
On 18 September, Laurence Equilbey and Insula orchestra’s new CD will be released on the Archiv / Deutsche Gramophon label. This recording is a 3 CD set, featuring the full recording of the...
04 Sep 2015
ICA is delighted to present Insula – one of Europe’s most energetic new period instrument orchestras – in their UK debut at the Barbican Centre on 21 September 2015. Just three years after...
08 Apr 2015
Tonight Laurence Equilbey conducts Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna original version, 1762) at the Philharmonie de Paris (formerly Cite de la Musique) with an exceptional cast gathering...
Jens F. Laurson - Forbes, July 2016 - Jan 2017
Tim Ashley - Gramophone, October 2015 - Jan 2017
The Times - Neil Fisher - Jan 2017
DMP, La Marseillaise - Jan 2017
Brian Robins - Opera magazine - Aug 2016
Peter Quantrill - Gramophone - Aug 2016
Jonathan Sutherland - Bachtrack - May 2016
The Writing is on the Wall: “Lucio Silla” at Theater an der Wien by Anik LaChev - Apr 2016
Verena Naegele - Basler Zeitung - Mar 2016
Brian Robins - Early Music Today - Nov 2015
Graham Roger - Sinfini - Sep 2015
Hanna Nepil - Financial Times - Sep 2015
Anna Magdalena’s Notebook - Sep 2015
Jean-Michel Pennetier - Forumopéra.com - Nov 2015
The Arts Desk (4 star review of UK debut concert at the Barbican) - Sep 2015
Michel Egea- Destimed - Apr 2015
Jean-Remi Barland- La Provence - Apr 2015
Jose Pons- Opera Magazine - Mar 2015
Berenice Clerc- Tout le Culture - Apr 2015
Michel Egéa - DestiMed - Oct 2014
Séverine Garnier - TGV Magazine - Oct 2014
Bérénice Clerc - Toute la Culture - Oct 2014
Bérénice Clerc - Toute la Culture - Sep 2014
Renaud Machart - Le Monde - Sep 2014
Florence Michel - ResMusica - Feb 2014
Orfeo ed Euridice - Nov 2013
Lalettredumusicien.fr - Nov 2013
Musebaroque.fr - Nov 2013
Diapason - Jan 2013
Founded in 2012 by Laurence Equilbey, Insula orchestra’s artistic project is built around a repertoire ranging from the Classical to the Romantic eras. The orchestra performs on period instruments, tailoring its sound to large auditoriums. Insula orchestra pays particular attention to vocal soloists, with artists such as Sandrine Piau, Werner Gura, Franco Fagioli or Ann Hallenberg. The orchestra also perfoms with prestigious soloists on period instruments such as Viktoria Mullova (violinist), Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Nicholas Angelich and Alice Sara-Ott (pianists).
Insula orchestra has also developed a comprehensive, innovative programme of cultural and educational initiatives across its home base in the Hauts-de-Seine department, notably to foster awareness among potential audiences who have never had the opportunity to approach classical music, as well as participatory classes for young people and schools.
In spring 2017, the orchestra will be inaugurating a new music venue, La Seine Musicale, designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines on Ile Seguin, an island in the River Seine just a few miles downstream from Paris. Laurence Equilbey and the Insula orchestra will be responsible for programing a classical music series of about 30 concerts per season at the Auditorium of La Seine Musicale, featuring concerts of both the Insula orchestra and international guest ensembles.
In parallele with their residency at La Seine Musicale, Laurence Equilbey and the Insula orchestra carries on with their ambitious touring activities, performing at major French and international venues, such as the Barbican Centre in London and the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, as well as in leading festivals all around the globe.
In 2017/2018, Insula will tour in Europe with no less than six original programmes, including bold stage production of Haydn’s Creation with the Catalan collective Fura dels Baus and a new staged production of Beethoven's Egmond. The season will also include performances in prestigeous venues such as at the Teater an der Wien in Vienna, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre in London, as well as 8 performaces of Gounod's opera La Nonne Sanglante given at the Opera Comique for the 200th anniversary of the composer.
Insula orchestra is also a successful recording orchestra. After two best-selling recordings — Mozart’s Requiem with Sandrine Piau (naïve, 2014) and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Franco Fagioli (Deutsche Grammophon, 2015), they will release 3 new albums in 2017, the first called “Mozart Solennel” (Warner), featuring Sandrine Piau and accentus, and the second being a recording of orchestral arrangements of Schubert Lieder with singers Stanislas de Barbeyrac and Marianne Crebassa (Warner).
Insula orchestra receives support from Conseil departemental des Hauts-de-Seine and is in residence at La Seine Musicale. Eric Lombard has acquired the chair of the first violin for two seasons with the Chair Sponsorship. Materne supports the cultural and educational actions of Insula orchestra. accio, the accentus and Insula orchestra circle of friends, and Funding Partners develop involvement of individuals and companies. Two Funding Partners joined the adventure : W and Meludia. Insula orchestra is part of the FEVIS and the SPPF.
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
with Franco Fagioli (Orfeo), Malin Hartelius (Euridice), Emmanuelle de Negri (Amore)
accentus / Insula orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, direction
Version originale de Vienne (1762)
Libretto: Rainero de Calzabigi
inclus : Orpheo, highlights of the Vienna and Paris versions (1774)
Deutsche Grammophon (Archiv Produktion)
Recorded at Théâtre de Poissy in April 2015
Released in September 2015
Sandrine Piau, soprano
Sara Mingardo, contralto
Werner Güra, tenor
Christopher Purves, bass
Laurence Equilbey, conductor
Release date: 29 September 2014 (naïve)