Insula orchestra’s artistic project is built around a repertoire ranging mainly from the Classical to the Romantic eras. Mozart, Schubert or Weber form naturally the core of this repertoire with symphonic programmes as well as programmes with choir and soloists.
The orchestra plays on period instruments, working on sonority appropriate for today’s large concert halls. The project relies first and foremost on an emotional and stylistic research. The musicians - gathered around a small group of renowned and experienced section leaders - are recruited among the young generation graduating from European specialised higher education institutions.
This ensemble, founded by Laurence Equilbey and the Conseil general des Hauts-de-Seine in 2012, has reached out beyond its homeland on the western edge of Paris to the rest of France and beyond, performing at major venues and high-profile festivals. In Hauts-de-Seine, a full range of cultural and educational initiatives has been designed.
The 2013/2014 season began with the production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, featuring the counter-tenor Franco Fagioli. Insula orchestra was invited to perform the work at the Château de Versailles for two Flashmobs'Art events where it was joined by the Compagnie14:20 magician troupe and star ballerinas Marie-Agnès Gillot and Alice Renavand. Over 300 flash mobbers volunteered to take part in the performances.
Insula orchestra’s first recording, Mozart’s Requiem, was released in September 2014 on the naïve label. Four leading singers - Sandrine Piau, Sara Mingardo, Werner Güra and Christopher Purves – team up with the accentus choir and Insula orchestra, conducted by Laurence Equilbey. The orchestra plans to be back in the studio in 2015 to record Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Franco Fagioli.
Insula orchestra receives support from Hauts-de-Seine General Council and is in residence at Carré Belle-Feuille at Boulogne-Billancourt. Mécénat Musical Société Général is the principal patron of Insula orchestra.