The Toulouse Chamber Orchestra was founded by Louis Auriacombe in 1953 becoming the first french chamber orchestra ever created and one of the oldest of the world..
Several notable conductors took the direction of the orchestra… In 1995 succesful tours to Asia and 1996 to the United States.
Since 2004, under the artistic direction of Gilles Colliard, swiss violin virtuoso, composer and conductor, the orchestra created an authentic and new artistic projet called «the contemporary baroque ». The idea is easy but difficult at the same time : use different intruments, bows and tunings each time.
The Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse regularly performs with renowned soloists (Christophe Coin, Gautier Capuçon, Nathalie Dessay, Régis Pasquier, Michel Lethiec, Anne Quefelec, Richard Galliano… just to mention a few in the recent past) and collaborates with the best french vocal groups as the Chamber Choir Les Eléments and l’Escale Chromatique.
The orchestra is also invited to numerous and important festivals throughout France (La Chaise-Dieu, La Vézère, Pablo Casals in Prades, September Musical de l’Orne…) and abroad (Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Macedonia, Bermuda, New Caledonia…).
The Chamber Orchestra has performed in every continent, visiting more than 30 countries an giving more than 6000 concerts to an audience that always remained true to it The Toulouse Chamber Orchestra offers the public more than 160 thematical concerts each year performing in concert halls, churches, cultural centers, schools, universities and even factories.
The Ministry of French Culture, the City of Toulouse, Toulouse Métropole, the Departmental Council of the Haute Garonne, the Occitanie region and the Regional Direction of Cultura Affairs support the orchestra.
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