Founded in 1987, the multi-award winning orchestra “Le Concert Spirituel”, under the baton of Hervé Niquet soon became one of the leading French early-music ensembles on period instruments. In this spirit, Le Concert Spirituel is devoted to airing the works of the great composers of French musical heritage, from Charpentier to Lully, by ways of Campra or Boismortier.
Guest in the most prestigious international concert halls (London’s Barbican Center and Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Prom’s, the Luxemburg Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera, BOZAR in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Theater an der Wien), and in Paris each year at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Philharmonie de Paris and Palace of Versailles, Le Concert Spirituel has been awarded many times.
While Le Concert Spirituel specializes in French sacred music and is recognized the world over for its work on this repertoire, an important part of its activity is also devoted to lyrical music.
The ensemble unveiled works that received the most prestigious international awards : Marais's Sémélé was voted « Opera Recording of the Year » by the ECHO Klassik Awards in 2009, Grétry's Andromaque was awarded a “Grand Prix – Académie du disque Charles Cros” in 2010, and Campra’s Carnaval de Venise lately received the Supersonic Award and German Record Critic’s Award in 2011.
These musical adventures were also the opportunity to work with directors and choreographers as diverse as Gilles and Corinne Benizio (alias Shirley & Dino), Karol Armitage, Georges Lavaudant, Joachim Schloemer and Christian Schiaretti.
Le Concert Spirituel has an exclusive recording engagement with Alpha Classics (DVD Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, CD Vivaldi's Gloria/Magnificat, Cherubini and Plantade’s Requiemss, Lully’s Persée (1770) and Handel’s Messiah).