Artistic director and founder of Les Dissonances

The violinist David Grimal, equally committed to the solo and chamber repertories, appears in the world’s leading classical music venues. As an innovative artist, he aims to reinvent musical practice by leading several projects successfully developing the spirit of « working together ».

For the past ten years he has devoted part of his career to developing Les Dissonances, of which he is artistic director. In this laboratory of ideas, conceived as a collective of musicians, David Grimal and his friends experience music as a joy rediscovered and tackle the symphonic repertory in the spirit of chamber music.

The only ensemble that explores the large-scale symphonic repertory without a conductor, Les Dissonances have established residencies in prestigious institutions that offer long-term collaborations, including the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéra de Dijon and Le Volcan in Le Havre, and appear regularly all over Europe. Since 2013, Les Dissonances have released their recordings on their own label, Dissonances Records, to high critical acclaim.

We work together in the sense of community of mind, a gathering of very strong positive energy and joy. This vertical aspiration is expressed in a horizontal space of liberty, equity and fraternity.

David Grimal, Founder and artistic director

Les Dissonances is made up of musicians from the most prestigious European orchestras, international soloists, prominent chamber players, and young talents, all united around David Grimal. They seek a renewed engagement with a humanist approach to music, in an open space that is favourable to experimentation.

Explore the great symphonic repertoire

Since 2010, the ensemble has been engaged in a cycle of artistic exploration dedicated to the great symphonic repertoire. To the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies (2010-2013; 2013-2015) have been added emblematic works such as Debussy’s La Mer, Shostakovich’s Symphony no 5, the Suite no 2 from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Bruckner’s Symphony no 7, or Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. The 2017-2018 season opened with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Connect through music

Les Dissonances relies on a horizontal organisation built on transparency, trust, and mutual listening. Without a conductor, each individual, from the first to the very last section, assumes full responsibility for the score – and the musicians, conscious of this, remain in a continuous state of listening and concentration in order best to serve the work and the composer. Each player is brought to surpass him/herself, and the resulting energy is a source of inspiration for the ensemble as much as for the spectators upon whom it reverberates.

Reach across France and Europe

On the strength of this creative process, and without compromising in any way on artistic rigour, Les Dissonances has established bases in prestigious institutions: the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéra de Dijon, Le Volcan in Le Havre. The orchestra is regularly invited in the most prestigious European concert halls and festivals (Victoria Hall in Geneva, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, deSingel in Antwerp, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Festival Musika-Música in Bilbao, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Palau de la Música in Valencia…).

Les Dissonances and David Grimal are artists in residence at the Opéra de Dijon.
The ensemble is subsidised by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.
The Corporate Fondation Michelin is the main sponsor of the orchestra.
Les Dissonances receives support from Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
The ensemble receives occasional support from Spedidam and from Adami.
Les Dissonances thank Les Amis des Dissonances for its support.
ZAKKA Brand Thinking & Design agency and Gaya Creative web agency provide skill-based sponsorship to Les Dissonances.
The Fondation Sisley-D’Ornano is Les Dissonances’ main partner for l’Autre Saison, a cultural season for the homeless. Caisse d’Epargne Ile-de-France supports also this generous project since several years.
Les Dissonances are Fevis, Bureau Export, SPPF and PROFEDIM members.
They receive occasional support from Spedidam and Adami.
France Musique supports the season 2019-2020 of Les Dissonances.
Live concerts are recorded in co-production with Heliox Films.