Les Dissonances

Les Dissonances is collective founded by the violinist, David Grimal, performing masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire without a conductor.

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The creation of the artists’ collective Les Dissonances by the violinist David Grimal in 2004 was the start of an extraordinary adventure.
The group forms a link between musical protagonists from different domains: it incorporates musicians from the leading French and international orchestras, established chamber music specialists and young talents at the start of their career. Les Dissonances is above all the fruit of a common ideal, a collaboration founded on the quest for excellence and sharing. The ensemble, flexibly sized and performing without a conductor, enjoys complete freedom in its choice of programme.

The musical trajectory of Les Dissonances has steadily moved towards large-scale symphonic projects. After tackling the Beethoven symphonies between 2010 and 2013, the group performed the complete symphonies of Brahms between 2013 and 2015. The 2015-16 season marked a new phase, with Debussy’s La Mer, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. Les Dissonances intends in future seasons to add to its repertory such emblematic works as the Second Suite from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Bruckner’s Symphony no.7 and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

In December 2013, Les Dissonances launched its own label, Dissonances Records, which has so far released a Brahms set (the Violin Concerto and Symphony no.4) and a complete recording of the Mozart violin concertos and 2 boxes for their 10th anniversary (ffff). A collaboration with Héliox Films enables the group to pursue a fruitful strategy of audiovisual recordings which are broadcast regularly on Mezzo and various other television channels around the world.

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