La Philharmonie de Paris

Paris has a new music venue ! La Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris © Atelier Jean Nouvel

Here’s some good news for the start of 2015 ! The Philharmonie de Paris has just opened. More than an exceptional concert hall, the Philharmonie de Paris is an ambitious project built around the notion of transmission, and firmly dedicated to being open to all. The Philharmonie is fortunate to start out with twenty years of experience in educational musical programming under its belt, thanks to the Cité de la musique. Since it opened in 1995, the Cité de la musique has conducted a wide range of activities drawing on every musical style for every age and interest.

At the Philharmonie, a concert will never be just a concert. Music lovers and aficionados of all ages, and anyone with an open mind, can prepare for the act of listening and develop their ability to appreciate what they hear through a wide range of activities. There will be debates and conferences, workshops, participation in shows, and collective musical practice. The Philharmonie has also embraced the fast-changing world of digital media, developing, for example, a bank of audio and video concert archives which the Cité de la musique has undertaken to digitalise so that they can be distributed via dedicated portals. Another key aspect of the project is the creation of digital media tools to help prepare for or enhance the concert experience.


Visite en famille © William Beaucardet

The Philharmonie is not just a concert hall, it is a museum as well ! At the Museum of Music, the temporary exhibitions will feature major musical trends and key musical figures, while the permanent collection presents a panorama of musical life from the 17th century to today. In both cases, the visit revolves around music! In March, a fantastic exhibition about David Bowie will be held at The Philarmonie. We will do a future article completely devoted to the exhibition so watch this space.


Grande salle © Philharmonie de Paris – Arte Factory – Ateliers Jean Nouvel

With the Philharmonie de Paris, Jean Nouvel, the architect, has delivered innovative architecture that fits gracefully into its setting within the Parc de la Villette – at the edge of Paris proper and at the heart of a fast-growing metropolitan area. The Philharmonie de Paris is a truly innovative facility, and in more ways than one. First, from a strictly architectural perspective, the edifice created by Jean Nouvel is like nothing else in the urban landscape. The mineral building that rises up within the Parc de la Villette is not unlike a mountain, complete with a roof that visitors can walk on! In its dimensions as well as its materials (cast aluminium and shiny stainless steel facades), it wears it modernity proudly. A lot of people don’t visit the 19th district when they come to Paris and it’s truly a shame because it’s a fantastic neighborhood! Hopefully, the Philarmonie will attract more people in the north east of the city ! Just the visit to the panoramic restaurant on the 6th floor is worth the trek.

The program for the 2015 season is available on their website. Don’t forget that if you are under 28 tickets for some concerts start at just 8 euros ! !

Practical Information

Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 Paris
Metro Porte de Pantin (line5)

Museum of Music
Tuesday to Friday – 12pm to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 6pm
Closed on Monday