Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth
“In 2003, the conductor François-Xavier Roth decided to found a chamber orchestra of a new kind: Les Siècles (literally, ‘the centuries’). An ensemble unique in the world today, bringing together musicians of a new generation capable of playing both period and modern instruments, Les Siècles situates its approach in a dynamic of synthesis, setting several centuries of musical creation in perspective in relevant and unexpected fashion.
The orchestra has already appeared in Paris (at the Salle Gaveau and the church of Saint-Étienne-du- Mont), in Nantes at La Folle Journée (in a concert televised live on Arte), Lisbon (Centro Cultural de Belèm), Perpignan, and Cambrai (Juventus Festival), among other cities. Its 2007/08 season includes performances in Nantes, Lisbon, Tokyo, Paris, London, and Nanterre.
Les Siècles is also the main orchestra for the new TV show « Presto », presented by Pierre Charvet, which will be broadcast from September 2007 on French public channel France 2. The dynamic show puts classical music in a new light.
Les Siècles receives support from the Mairie de Nanterre, the ADAMI, the SPEDIDAM, the FCM, and the Fondation Échanges et Bibliothèques.”