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The Orchestre national de France, a musical group of Radio France, is the first permanent symphonic orchestra created in France. It was founded in 1934 with the desire of implementing a tool to serve the symphonic repertoire. That ambition added to the broadcasting of concerts on the radio airwaves, turned the Orchestre national into a great musical group. From D.-É Inghelbrecht, who founded the tradition of the orchestra, to Emmanuel Krivine, music director since 2017, the most famous conductors successively directed the musical group and the most prestigious solists have performed with it as guests.

The Orchestre national de France performs approximately 70 concerts every year in Paris, at the Auditorium of Radio France, its main residence since November 2014, and during tours in France and abroad. But the Orchestre national de France also has an affinity for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées where it performs each year, especially for lyrical productions. Moreover, for fifteen years, it has put forward an educational program with concerts combining musical requirement and humour, targeting amateur musicians altogether with families and schoolchildren. Its musicians visit schools, from nursery schools to universities, with musical workshops to reach the young generations.

There are many recordings at the disposal of music lovers, especially a boxed set of 8 CDs, gathering original radio recordings and tracing the history of the Orchestre national de France. Recently, at the legendary Studio 104, the orchestra recorded the music of Luc Besson’s latest movie, Valérian.