Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

Founded in 1942 by Victor Desarzens, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL) is today one of the most sought-after chamber orchestras in Europe. The orchestra of around 40 musicians has a vast repertoire, from the earliest baroque to contemporary premieres.

The OCL very quickly became a presence in the most prestigious festivals and concert halls and has performed with top level soloists and conductors. During season 2023-2024, the OCL will tour to Madrid, Barcelona and, for the first time, to the Philharmonie de Paris.

L’OCL has a significant discography: from the complete operas of Haydn in the 1970s and 80s under Antal Dorati to the concertos of Beethoven and Mozart with Christian Zacharias, not to mention recordings dedicated to Schoenberg and Webern (with Heinz Holliger) and to Spohr and Weber (with Paul Meyer). The OCL has recorded two albums with Joshua Weilerstein. The first two albums under the direction of Renaud Capuçon were published by Warner Classic. the first one is dedicated to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (2021), and the second one including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and two concerti by Chevalier de Saint-Georges (2022). A recording of the complete Mozart Violin Concertos with Renaud Capuçon has been released in September 2023 on Deutsche Grammophon.

The quality of the OCL is of course connected to prestigious guest soloists and conductors, but it is above all due to an identity forged through the years by a small number of artistic directors. The founder Victor Desarzens (1942-1973) was followed by Armin Jordan (1973-1985), then Lawrence Foster (1985-1990), Jesús López Cobos (1990-2000), Christian Zacharias (2000-2013) and Joshua Weilerstein (2015-2020). In autumn 2021, Renaud Capuçon became the orchestra’s artistic director. The tremendous musical experience of the renowned French violinist and conductor, as well as his dynamism and his artistic profile have allowed the orchestra to further consolidate its international reputation.


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