Structure

L’Orchestre is an “association de loi 1901”, which welcomes students and amateurs musicians every year who wish to play a collective musical activity. L’Orchestre is supervised by professional musicians, conductor, section leaders and plays with highly talented soloists. Every season, l’Orchestre is giving three programs: two symphony programs and an opera. To facilitate contact with the public, l’Orchestre also offers concerts in reduced groups (chamber orchestra and small sized orchestra).

Within the orchestra, a professional team is ensuring rehearsal in small groups and allows amateur musicians to make progress thanks to professionals in Grenoble. This is the double mission of the orchestra, offering classical concerts to the public but also enabling amateur musicians to practice their instrument.

For some of them, amateur musicians who received musical training at the conservatory or music school during their studies had to stop when they arrived at higher education. The orchestra is for them, as to all amateur musicians. The orchestra is an opportunity to take back your instrument and not loosing the benefit of initial training thanks to a dynamic context and ambitious programs.

The Board

President Olivier Véran
Vice President Benjamin Molleron
Treasurer Chantal Dantin
Secretary Jean-Baptiste Maneyrol
Administrator Antoine Canovas
Administrator Luc Guindet
Administrator Yves Donazzolo
Administrator Jeanne Fried
Administrator Marine Bourgeois
Administrator Camille Strugala

The Team

Patrick Souillot – Conductor

Patrick Souillot is an atypical conductor whose vocation was inspired by Leonard Bernstein, during a broadcasted concert. After an academic career, he becomes the youngest professor of graduate conducting. In 1986, he met Leonard Bernstein, during a masterclass at the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau. He offered him to become his student and his assistant. He shares Bernstein’s 70-year-old tour around the world with the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, and then assists the conductor in Vienna, Amsterdam, Munich …

He approaches all styles of music, records film, ballet and theater music. Since 1989, musical director of the Orchestra, he has invested himself with these young musicians from whom he draws the best and to which he shares his passion. Winner of international competitions, he is the guest of prestigious orchestras in Riga, Sofia, Montpellier, Krakow, Stuttgart, Moscow, Hamburg, Hong-Kong, Doha, Jeddah, Shanghai … He directed the London Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Colin Davis. He is performing with famous soloists like Marie-Claire Alain, Patrice Fontanarosa or François-René Duchable, Véronique Gens, Pascal Amoyel, Nemanja Radulovic but also Youssou N’Dour and Elie Semoun …

Very eclectic in his musical choices, he approaches with the same conviction all styles and symphonic and lyric repertoires. He directed the first concert of classical music in Saudi Arabia, with the show Mozart in Egypt. He devotes part of his activity to the Eskisehir Orchestra (Turkey) where he is first guest conductor. He premiered in Doha The Magic Lute of H. de Courson, with the Qatar Philharmonic and performed at the Chatelet with the Orchester de Chambre de Paris. He directed Carmen’s first production in Saigon. and La Bohème, with Opéra en Plein Air, directed by Jacques Attali in 2016. He is the founder and artistic director of La Fabrique Opéra.

In 2017 and 2018, he re-created Fredégonde, a forgotten opera of St Saens at the opera house Saigon and has just launched in Isère “Mon P’tit concert”, a concept of pedagogical concerts.

Corinne Pothier Denis – Violin


Corinne Pothier-Denis studied at the Conservatoire National de Région of Nice where she obtained, after her gold medal, the Grand Prix of the city of Nice and the “Prix du Ministre de la Culture”.
Then, she studied at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris”, from which she is awarded First Class Prizes by Jacques Parrenin, Roland Charmy and Pierre Amoyal. She performed in solo and chamber music concerts from France to Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and England.
Co-soloist with the “Orchestre des Pays de Savoie” conducted by Patrice Fontanarosa and leader violonist at the Collegium Academicum of Geneva conducted by Robert Dunand, she teaches in private and national music schools.
Holder of the C.A violin, she is a professor at the Regional Conservatory of Grenoble since 1990.

Marion Ferrieu – Cello

Jean-Luc Brion – Double Bass

Alice Tilquin – Anne Laureys – Viola