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, the Église de la Madeleine and Notre Dame Cathderal.

Orchestre de Paris

Orchestre de Paris - Daniel HARDING portrait 2, Paris © 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.

Philharmonie de Paris Member

Concert hall
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019
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The Philharmonie de Paris is the new musical heart of the capital. The new building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Beside......

Orchestre de Paris Member

Concert hall
191 boulevard Sérurier, Paris, 75935
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The Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonie de Paris’ main resident ensemble, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary over the......

Maison de la Radio Member

Concert hall
116 avenue du Président Kennedy, Paris, 75016

An iconic place since the 1960's, the Maison de la Radio is a building that strongly represents image and fame. Located on the......

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 Member

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

Théâtre du Châtelet

Concert hall
1 place du Châtelet, Paris, 75001

Jean-Luc Choplin was appointed Director in July 2006, with the intention of making sure Châtelet built on its tradition of......

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

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
August/September 2019
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 Member

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
june - july 2019
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

Festival
Août - septembre 2019
Domaine 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 Européen Jeunes Talents

Festival | Classical music
July 2019
Centre historique des Archives Nationales - Musée des Archives Nationales - Hôtels de Soubise et de Rohan - 60 rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris

This festival, which is a true artistic stepping stone, presents young musicians, emerging on the classical music scene

Festival Marin Marais

Festival | Classical music
September - October 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Baroque music revisited

Musical Sundays at the Madeleine

Festival | Classical music
All year
Église de la Madeleine - Place de la Madeleine, Paris

Classical concerts, with voluntary contribution to costs, all year long.

Festival of Chamber Music in the Orangery at Bagatelle

Festival | Classical music
July - August 2019
Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris - Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

L'Octuor de France propose le festival de musique de chambre dans le cadre exceptionnel de l'Orangerie de Bagatelle

Les Solistes à Bagatelle

Festival | Classical music
September 2019
Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris - Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

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

Kiosquorama

Festival
September 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The festival eco-citizen returns in 2019 for a 11th edition.