The brainchild of Raphaël Merlin, leader and cellist of the Quatuor Ébène, Les Forces Majeures consists essentially of musicians from regular chamber music ensembles.

Thanks to their intrinsic capacity to listen, react and engage, they can tackle demanding music and perform original and dynamic concerts and shows for every kind of audience. 

Les Forces Majeures have come together to create an unusual orchestra, or rather a collective chamber music project: a constellation of musicians accustomed to working as a group; where the result depends upon the commitment of each member; their devotion to excellence underpinned by a desire for sharing and simplicity; curious and bold, full of a diffusive joy; these musicians are committed to a positive and constructive project in a tailor-made ensemble in which they can exploit the skills they have honed as chamber musicians in repertoire which they would rarely perform elsewhere.

In short, chamber music on a large scale.



Heidelberger Frühling

22 March 2020 - 19.30 

Mozart, Adagio und Fuge c-Moll KV 546

Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for violin and violin, in E flat major, K 364

Mozart, Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201

Pierre Fouchenneret, violin

Lise Berthaud, viola

Les Forces Majeures
Raphaël Merlin, conductor


An opportunity to join the fearless and mischievous mouse Célestine and the grumpy but bighearted bear Ernest on their adventures with a live music performance.

Film by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier (79 minutes)

Music:  Vincent Courtois

Screenplay: Daniel Pennac

Inspired by Gabrielle Vincent's drawings (Éditions Casterman)

5 October 2019, Philharmonie du Luxembourg
31 March & 1 April 2020, Philharmonie de Paris

Label: Erato - Warner - 15 february 2019

Jacques Offenbach, Grand concerto "Concerto militaire"
Friedrich Gulda, concerto for cello, wind orchestra and band op. 129

"A truly exceptional musician, in complete command of himself and his instrument (as a cellist myself, I can tell you that he operates on a higher plane than the rest of us mere mortals)  when Edgar is ready to play, silence falls, and he gives a performance characterized by both limpidity and wealth of details. 
A choice of repertoire that might have seemed arrogant becomes entirely appropriate and natural, and virtuosity proves its true meaning by making us forget its presence: all that's left is the music itself, and it was such a pleasure to work on these scores and allow them to settle and breathe before recording them for this album." 
 Raphaël Merlin

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