Les Siècles continue their Ravel complete version.
On this new recording, a colourful programme:

RAVEL, Ma Mère l’Oye
RAVEL, Shéhérazade Ouverture de féérie
RAVEL, Le Tombeau de Couperin


The Ensemble Aedes and Les Siècles offers a glimpse of the transition period between the last Romanticism period and the emergence of the “modern” style through Poulenc and Debussy’s work and via the extraordinary Fauré Requiem.


The Beethoven Revolution shows through the Boulez Revolution!

BEETHOVEN, Léonore – Ouverture n°3
BOULEZ, Dérive 1
BOULEZ, Mémoriale, explosante fixe
BEETHOVEN, Symphonie n°6 opus 68 dite Pastorale

Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth, direction

RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé – Many awards

Les Siècles start a collaboration with the prestigious label Harmonia Mundi. This is the first opus of an important serie : RAVEL’s Daphnis & Chloé

The Ballets Russes in China and Japan

Les Siècles takes back the Ballets Russes on period instruments in China and Japan with the only three ballets choregraphed by Nijinsky: the Debussy’s Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and Jeux; and the Stravinsky Rite of Spring. The orchestra will also perform works choregraphed by his sister, Nijinska.

Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth, direction
Compagnie Ligne de sorcière
Dominique Brun, reconstitution et re-création chorégraphique


Les Siècles presents a programme around Debussy, Dukas, and Ravel during the prestigious Festival Internacional de Música y Danza of Grenada in Spain.


Les Siècles presents a programme around Debussy, Dukas, and Ravel during two festivals in Germany: the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Kissinger Sommer

Les Siècles in residence at the Berlioz Festival

The Hector Berlioz European Youth Orchestra was founded in 2009 by the Festival Berlioz, with a view to providing an orchestral training course, unique in Europe, for young musicians.


A tribute to Debussy and the orientalist taste of of his time with, beside the soloists of Les Siècles, the wonderful soprano Sandrine Piau.


Les Siècles have the pleasure to collaborate with the famous viola player Tabea Zimmerman for a series of concerts in France and Germany. They will put into perspective Berlioz’s essential Harold en Italie with Franck’s Symphony in D minor, and Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony.


Le Carnaval des Animaux, an universal musical fable, is filled with humour. Saint-Saëns composed this work for the Carnaval de…

François-Xavier Roth was appointed Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Cologne (Köln)

François-Xavier becomes Generalmusikdirektor of the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Cologne Opera.
He will take office for five years from the 1st September 2015


In April 1917, between Soissons, Laon and Reims, burst the battle of the Chemin des Dames. On this broad plain, a huge bloodshed took place, leaving more than 300 000 fatalities in seven months-time. Within the Ensemble Orchestral de la Cité, Les Siècles and instrument teachers from conservatoires of the Aisne will commemorate its centenary with a creation by Edith Canat de Chizy, Le Front de l’Aube. The program also includes another work by the composer, named Ce ne sont pas des fleurs, as well as Schubert’s 6th Symphony and the String Adagio by Barber.


Soin particulier porté aux couleurs et aux timbres, développement proliférant du matériau, fascination pour les poètes symbolistes : les similitudes sont nombreuses entre Claude Debussy et Pierre Boulez, plaçant indubitablement le second dans l’héritage du premier.


Composer in residence at Les Siècles, Arnaud Petit presents I.D., his technological opera, on October 20th and 21st at the Théâtre de l’Idéal in Tourcoing. A mental, interrogative and memorial exploration.

Cervantino Festival in Mexico with Les Cris de Paris

In october 2017, at the Cervantino festival of Guanajuato, the soloists of Les Siècles and Les cris de Paris perform three programmes: Israël in Egypt, The soldier’s tale, and !Scandale!.

Release of the audio-book Félicien David, Christophe Colomb

Les Siècles rediscover the « Ode – Symphonie » Christophe Colomb by Félicien David played on period instruments.

Les Siècles at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam

On the 7th October, Les Siècles will be back at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam a legendary hall known for its acoustics as well as for the conductors and the orchestras who succeeded one another.
With François-Xavier Roth conducting, you will be presented a program showing Napoleon’s strong influence on some composers among his contemporaries.

Les Siècles at BBC Proms 2017

Les Siècles are happy to be invited at one of the most important classical music festival in the world : the BBC Proms in London. See you on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:30 pm in the mythical Royal Albert Hall for a programm about exoticism in French music.


At the turn of the 19th century, Paris hosted composers from all Europe, notably the young Romanian prodigy Georges Enescu. Trained by Fauré and Gedalge – like Ravel was – he built his own language, between folkloric music and eastern traditions. At that time, the Parisian audience was overjoyed with romanticism with Saint-Saëns’ compositions, and gradually opened to modern languages, such as that of the unclassifiable Debussy.

Les Siècles at Berlioz Festival

Meet The Siècles at Berlioz festival, one of the most important summer classical music festival. This year, the topic is “Berlioz in London at the time of Universal Exhibitions”. From august 18th to september 3rd at La Côte-Saint-André (Isère, France).

Le Jeune Orchestre Européen Hector Berlioz

Born of the collaboration between Bruno Messina (the director of the Festival Berlioz) and the conductor François-Xavier Roth, the Jeune Orchestre Européen Hector Berlioz (JOEHB) is an original formation, uniting some musicians of Les Siècles and young musicians from the best European conservatories. After two summer traineeships directed by musiciens of Les Siècles, the JOEHB presents the Shakespearian concert, imagined by Berlioz, on Saturday, August 19th at the Berlioz Festival (La Côte-Saint-André, Isère).


For the centenary of its creation, Les Siècles propose an innovative version of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat on Thursday, june 1rst 2017 at La Cité de la Musique de Soissons.

LSO announces ROTH as Principal Guest Conductor

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has announced that François-Xavier Roth will become its Principal Guest Conductor from September 2017


In August 2017, Les Siècles will present a program focusing on exoticism in French music. See you at the BBC Proms on August, 16th and at the Festival Berlioz on August, 25th.


In this program, Beethoven is put into perspective with one of his contemporaries, Etienne-Nicolas Méhul.


Saturday, April 22nd, an important concert is organized in London with the Société Générale’s collaborators


Beethoven and one of his most famous contemporary french composer : here is the topic of these programmes particularly linked to the image of Napoléon Bonaparte.

Arnaud PETIT, composer in residence

Les Siècles are very excited to host the composer Arnaud Petit in residence for three projects about musics, sciences and technologies.