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.




Mozart, Adagio et Fugue KV 546

Mozart, Symphonie Concertante pour violon et alto, en mi bémol majeur, K 364

Mozart, Symphonie n°29 en la majeur, K 20

Pierre Fouchenneret, violon

Lise Berthaud, alto

Les Forces Majeures

Raphaël Merlin, direction



Ernest & Celestine 2019 Philharmonie Lux

Défiant les conventions, Ernest, un ours marginal, clown et musicien, accueille chez lui Célestine, une souris orpheline qui a fui le monde souterrain des rongeurs. Ces deux solitaires vont se soutenir et se réconforter, et bousculer ainsi l’ordre établi. 


Film de Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar et Stéphane Aubier, France, 2012, 79 minutes

Musique de Vincent Courtois

Scénario et dialogues de Daniel Pennac

Paroles de Thomas Fersen

D’après les albums de Gabrielle Vincent (Éditions Casterman)