The philosophy

The creation of the artists’ collective Les Dissonances by the violinist David Grimal in 2004 was the start of an extraordinary adventure. This name Les Dissonances is at once a homage to Mozart’s celebrated ‘Dissonance’ Quartet K465 and the signal of a constructive divergence from conventional thinking. The group forms a link between musical protagonists and incorporates musicians from the leading French and international orchestras, established chamber music specialists and young talents at the start of their career for a collaboration founded on the quest for excellence and sharing.
The ensemble, flexibly sized and performing without a conductor, has for primary objective to present the public with a new vision of works from the mainstream repertory. 

The History

The musical trajectory of Les Dissonances has steadily moved towards large-scale symphonic projects. After tackling the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies between 2010 and 2015, the 2015-16 season marked a new phase, with Debussy’s La Mer, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. Les Dissonances intends in future seasons to add to its repertory such emblematic works as the Second Suite from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Next season will start with the Rite of Spring as the ultimate celeberation of collective joy.

Le label

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.