The Ballets Russes continues as a major focus of Klaus Mäkelä’s third season with the Orchestre de Paris, at home in the Paris Philharmonie, on tour to the States and on their second recording for Decca Classics, featuring Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Debussy’s Jeux and L’Après-midi d’un faune.

2023/24 is also a season of pianists, featuring Bertrand Chamayou, Yuja Wang, Leif Ove Andnses, Danill Trifonov, Alexandre Kantorow and Lang Lang in repertoire ranging from Prokofiev and Rachmaninov to Ravel, Chopin and Saint-Saens. Additional highlights include world premieres by Unsuk Chin and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the French premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s Superorganisms and a series of carte blanche concerts at the Louvre Museum in which Mäkelä conducts and plays cello with fellow orchestral musicians.


Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninov: The Bells
Choir of Orchestre de Paris
Soloists: Bertrand Chamayou (piano), Olga Peretyatko (soprano), Pavel Petrov (tenor), Alexey Markov (baritone)

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin (Suite)
Soloist: Yuja Wang

Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade – Fairy Overture
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 (The Egyptian)
John Downland: Lachrimae Antiquae
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2
Soloist: Alexandre Kantorow

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
: The Nutcracker (Overture and Act 1)
Soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes

Unsuk Chin: Subito con forza
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 82 “Ich habe genug”
György Ligeti: Atmosphères
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Soloist: Peter Mattei

JANUARY 24 & 25
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: ARCHORA (French premiere)
Frédéric Chopin
: Piano Concerto No. 1
Richard Strauss
: Ein Heldenleben
Soloist: Daniil Trifonov

FEBRUARY 28 & 29
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird
Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version)
Igor Stravinsky
: The Rite of Spring

MARCH 2 (Carte Blanche at the Louvre)
Heinrich Biber: Battalia à 10
George Enesco: Octet for strings
Artists: Nikola Nikolov, Joseph André, Anne-Sophie Le Rol, Maya Koch, (violin), Corentin Bordelot, David Gaillard, Nicolas Carles, Marie Poulanges (viola), Klaus Mäkelä, Manon Gillardot (cello), TBC (harpsichord)

MARCH 6 & 7
Sergej Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich
: Symphony No. 11 (L’Année 1905)
Soloist: Yunchan Lim

MAY 6 & 7
Ludvig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Choir of Orchestre de Paris
Soloists: Catriona Morison (mezzo-soprano), Mauro Peter (tenor), René Pape (bass baritone)

MAY 15 & 16
Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Soloist: Christiane Karg

MAY 17 (Carte Blanche at the Louvre)
Franz Schubert: Adagio e rondo concertante
Franz Schubert: Shepherd on a Rock (arr. for cello)
Johannes Brahms: Ophelia-Lieder
Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1
Musicians of Orchestre de Paris with Klaus Mäkelä (cello)
Soloist: Christiane Karg (soprano)

Miroslav Srnka: Superorganisms (French premiere)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 31 (Paris)
Soloist: Lang Lang

JUNE 13 (Carte Blanche at the Louvre)
Henry Purcell: March from Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King
Soloist: Thomas Florio (baritone)

Miroslav Srnka: Superorganisms (French premiere)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals
Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 31 (Paris)
Soloists: Lang Lang and Gina Alice Redlinger (piano)

JUNE 16 (Carte Blanche at the Louvre)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Soloist: Christiane Karg