Founded in 2012 by Laurence Equilbey, with support from the Conseil départemental des Hauts-de-Seine, Insula orchestra is the resident orchestra at La Seine Musicale – the state-of-the-art new multidisciplinary arts centre on the south-west side of Paris, opened in 2017.
Programming is devoted to the repertoire of the Classical and pre-Romantic eras, performed on instruments of the period. The musicians are drawn from the graduates of the major conservatoires of Europe, gathered around a core group of experienced and renowned section leaders.
Insula orchestra performs at major international festivals and venues – including the Barbican Centre, London, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. Amongst those artists working regularly with the orchestra are Franco Fagioli, Alice Sara-Ott, and Antoine Tamestit – and the orchestra has also developed productions with the internationally celebrated theatrical group La Fura dels Baus.
A particular focus is that of attracting new audiences to classical music, with a full range of cultural and educational initiatives to that end. Each concert programme is linked to a constellation of new digital, artistic and educational forms, including a popular online web series that resonates with the present day. The orchestra’s outreach programmes are designed to foster awareness amongst communities who have never had access to classical music, and also include educational projects involving young people and schools local to the Hauts-de-Seine area.