For over 40 years, the Orchestre de Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur has been traversing the roads of its region and settling, for the time of a concert, in concert-halls, schools, churches, open-air theater or ephemeral stages out in the country, always with the same enthousiasm.
Thanks to its faithful patrons known as the Ville de Cannes, the Ministère de la Culture, the Département des Alpes-Maritimes, the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and the members of our corportate partners’ club Andantino and the Friends of the Orchestre, the Orchestre de Cannes can play around a hundred concerts per season. Symphonic music, chamber music, family concerts, jazz and cross-over projects, a large set of the repertoire is offered to the public. The Orchestre also reaches out to young audiences by welcoming school classes in its auditorium or by meeting them in their schools.
The Orchestre is constantly looking to offer the audience innovative performances, led by the very best of conductors who left their marks on the Orchestre such as Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Vladimir Spivakov or Arie van Beek. It also had the pleasure to accompany some of the greatest soloists: Mstislav Rostropovitch, Maurice André, Martha Argerich, Barbara Hendricks, and more recently Nemanja Radulovic, David Kadouch, Romain Leleu, Ibrahim Maalouf, Camille Berthollet or Khatia Buniatishvili, who accepted in 2015 to become the Orchestre’s « godmother » after being asked by the 37 musicians of the Orchestre.
Formed in 1975 by conductor Philippe Bender, the Orchestre de Cannes, which received a Victoire d’Honneur for its entire work in 2005 is led by conductor Benjamin Levy. He replaced Wolfgang Doerner who stepped down in 2016.