Our philosophy

The creation of the artists’ collective Les Dissonances by the violinist David Grimal in 2004 marked the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. The name “Les Dissonances” is both a homage to Mozart’s famous “Dissonance” String Quartet K465, and the marker of a constructive divergence from conventional thinking. The ensemble creates a link between musical actors, incorporating musicians from the most renowned French and international orchestras, renowned chamber players, and young talents at the start of their career, in a collaboration based on the search for excellence and sharing. The ensemble, which performs in varying configurations and without a conductor, has one primary objective: to offer audiences a new vision of works from the mainstream repertoire.

Our history

The musical trajectory of Les Dissonances has evolved steadily towards large-scale symphonic projects. After the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies between 2010 and 2015, the 2015-2016 season marked a new phase, with performances of Debussy’s La Mer, Shostakovich’s Symphony no 5, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no 4. In forthcoming seasons, Les Dissonances plans to expand its repertoire with such emblematic works as the Suite no 2 from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Bruckner’s Symphony no 7, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. The next season will open with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the ultimate celebration of collective joy.

Dissonances Records

In December 2013, Les Dissonances launched its own label, Dissonances Records, which has released a Brahms set (the Violin Concerto and Symphony no.4) in 2014 which was voted best version in the French record critics’ programme ‘Tribune des critiques de disques’ on France Musique and a complete recording of the Mozart violin concertos in 2015. In 2016, Les Dissonances released a 10 years anniversary double edition exploring repertoires from 18th to 20th century (Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Bartok, Bernstein, Chostakovitch, Schnittke, Schoenberg) and a Shostakovich set (cello concerto and symphony #5) receiving the ffff de Télérama. 

A collaboration with Héliox Films enables the group to pursue a fruitful strategy of audiovisual recordings which are broadcast regularly on Mezzo and various other television channels around the world.


The future

The collective’s laboratory is also teeming with projects for the future, including the creation of a series of early music concerts aiming to explore this repertoire on period instruments, or contemporary premieres with a specialised group drawn from the ensemble. In the next season, the ensemble will inaugurate this dynamic with the creation of a “carte blanche” series entrusted to an artist close to the ensemble’s philosophy.