Where to hear classical music in Paris

Paris puts classical music in the spotlight all year round!

As one of the top cities for culture and the arts, Paris offers rich pickings when it comes to classical music. Boasting exceptional concert venues, acclaimed festivals and fine music schools, Paris is a wonderful destination for classical music lovers.  Listen out!

Classical music venues in Paris

Plais Garnier - scène © Jea-Pierre Delagarde - Opéra de Paris

Paris is well known for its theatres and cabarets, but fans of symphony orchestra concerts will be pleased to find the city also has a number of excellent places to enjoy orchestral performances. These venues are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and some of them are entirely devoted to classical music.

Housed in a magnificent building designed by the world-famous architect Jean Nouvel, the Philharmonie de Paris offers a 2,400-seat auditorium with outstanding acoustics. The venue quickly rose to the status of a landmark following its inauguration in January 2015, and now hosts performances by some of the world’s leading symphony orchestras. The Orchestre de Paris, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Russian National Orchestra and the baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants have all performed here.

Another established Paris venue is the Maison de la Radio not far from the Eiffel Tower. With more than 1,400 seats, the auditorium here is shaped like an amphitheatre. Boasting excellent acoustics and an enormous organ, the venue hosts an eclectic programme of events appealing to a variety of audiences, ranging from studio recordings of TV shows to orchestra concerts.

Many other noted venues in Paris also host prestigious classical music concerts: the Salle Wagram, home to the Orchestre Colonne; the Louvre auditorium; the Salle Gaveau; the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille, not to mention churches such as the Église Saint-Ephrem, and the Église de la Madeleine.

Orchestre de Paris

The Orchestre de Paris is one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and France’s leading symphony orchestra. British conductor Daniel Harding is the current music director, having succeeded other great names such as Sir Georg Solti, Christoph Eschenbach and Paavo Järvi. The orchestra’s home is the Philharmonie de Paris, where it performs more than a hundred concerts every season.

Classical music events

Orchestre classique avec violonistes © Larisa Birta via Unsplash

Many events focusing exclusively on classical music are organized in Paris all year round. The Classique au Vertfestival, for example, has been held for the past 20 years in the Parc Floral on the outer edges of the Bois de Vincennes. Every weekend in August and September, this major classical music festival features performances by chamber orchestras, trios, quartets and quintets amid a 35-hectare expanse of greenery, with flowers in full bloom. For the past 34 years, the summertime Festival Chopin has featured performances of compositions for piano by the French master Frédéric Chopin at the Orangerie du Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, which also hosts the Solistes à Bagatelle festival in autumn every year.

There are a number of other classical music events in Paris, notably Kiosquorama, Marin Marais, Kiosques en fête, Les dimanches musicaux de la Madeleine, Festival Européen Jeunes Talents, Musiques de Chambre at the Orangerie de Bagatelle and Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux.

Showtime in Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

Concert hall
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

The Philharmonie de Paris is the new musical heart of the capital. The new building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Beside......

Maison de la Radio et de la Musique

Concert hall
116 avenue du Président Kennedy, Paris, 75016

Located on the edge of the Seine in the 16th arrondissement very close to the Eiffel Tower, the Maison de la Radio, also known as......

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris et son trésor

Place of worship
6 parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, Paris, 75004

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built......

La Salle Wagram

Events venues – Reception rooms
39-41 avenue de Wagram, Paris, 75017

The Salle Wagram is a Parisian event venue situated in the 17th arrondissement, a few hundred metres from the Arc de triomphe at......

Théâtre du Châtelet

Concert hall
1 place du Châtelet, Paris, 75001

It is to the architect Gabriel Davioud (Saint-Michel fountain, Monceau Park gates ...) that we owe the Théâtre du Châtelet, just......

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Concert hall
15 avenue Montaigne, Paris, 75008

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a listed 20th-century building, is one of the finest performance venues in Paris. It was designed......

Salle Gaveau

Concert hall
45-47 rue de la Boétie, Paris, 75008

The Salle Gaveau, a few steps from the prestigious avenue des Champs-Élysées, opened in 1905. It is now one of the most important......

Église Saint-Ephrem des Syriaques

Place of worship
17 rue des Carmes, Paris, 75005

Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, a stone's throw away from the Sorbonne University, the current Saint-Ephrem parish was......

Église de la Madeleine

Place of worship
Place de la Madeleine, Paris, 75008

The Eglise de la Madeleine is situated between Place de la Concorde and the Palais Garnier opera house, in Haussmannian Paris.......

Festival Classique au vert

Festival | Classical music
from 01 July 2023 to 02 September 2023
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris

This festival was founded by the Mairie de Paris with the aim of combining the pleasures of classical music and the delights of na...

Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris

Park, garden, promenade
Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

Opened in 1969, the Parc Floral de Paris changes with the seasons, and is popular with plant and nature lovers. Along with the......

Bois de Vincennes

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of......

Festival Chopin in Paris

Festival | Classical music
from 18 June 2023 to 14 July 2023
Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris - Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

Many concerts and conferences which reunite the great specialists of the work of Chopin, the Romantic pianist

Festival of the Orangery of Sceaux

Domaine départemental de Sceaux - Domaine départemental de Sceaux, Sceaux

The Festival of the Orangery returns for a new edition to the prestigious departmental estate of Sceaux.

Festival Marin Marais

Festival | Classical music
from 23 September 2023 to 23 October 2023
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Baroque music revisited

Les Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil

Festival | Classical music
from 02 September 2023 to 04 September 2023
Jardin des serres d'Auteuil - Jardin botanique de Paris - 3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, Paris

This classical music festival has put a spotlight on young European virtuosos