As an artistic collective, Les Dissonances plays without a conductor. It is the first orchestra to
do so. The musicians meet for rehearsals in a casual context, where each member is free to
create his/her own role and to reinvent musical practice through a participative project, where musicians’ talents and ideas can shine. The idea is that soloists, chamber- and orchestral musicians and gifted students can develop together in an environment that aims to restore the dialogue between musicians and composers. Les Dissonances’ artistic challenges range from performing Beethoven- and Brahms symphonies to works
less familiar to the public. Performing throughout Europe, Les Dissonances has gained international critical recognition.
Its goal is based on freedom – the musicians’ freedom to decide to play together, freedom in the choice of repertoire, programs and composers and that of associating with festivals and stages that share their vision of musical innovation and excellence. Indeed, excellence is the counterpart to the absolute freedom at the core of the orchestra’s agenda: the orchestra follows its own inspiration and direction without a conductor. All musicians are of equal standing and united by the fraternal wish to share music. The values that stimulate and inspire Les Dissonances are liberty, equality, fraternity and generosity.