The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (French: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) is the main orchestra in the principality of Monaco. The orchestra gives concerts primarily in the Auditorium Rainier III, but also performs at the Salle des Princes in the Grimaldi Forum.

The orchestra was founded in 1856 and gave its first concert on 14 December 1856, with an ensemble of 15 musicians, at the "Maison de jeux" (the future casino), under the direction of Alexandre Hermann. By 1874, the orchestra had increased in size to 70 musicians, in particular during the leadership of Eusèbe Lucas. In 1953, Prince Rainier III had ordered the renaming of the ensemble to L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The orchestra acquired its current name in 1980, again through Rainier III.

Past principal conductors of the orchestra have included Paul Paray, Louis Frémaux, Igor Markevitch, Lovro von Matačić, Lawrence Foster, Gianluigi Gelmetti, James DePreist, Marek Janowski, and Yakov Kreizberg. Kreizberg had originally been signed to a contract of 5 years, but his tenure was truncated by his death in March 2011. In March 2012, the orchestra and its president, Princess Caroline of Monaco, announced the return of Gelmetti to the orchestra as chef référent to provide interim artistic leadership for the orchestra. In January 2013, the orchestra formalised the full re-appointment of Gelmetti as its artistic director and music director. Gelmetti is scheduled to conclude his second Monte Carlo tenure after the 2015-2016 season and to take the title of honorary conductor.

Kazuki Yamada first guest-conducted the orchestra in 2011. In the fall of 2013, he became the orchestra's principal guest conductor. In April 2015, the orchestra announced the appointment of Yamada as its next principal conductor and artistic director, effective September 2016, with an initial contract of 3 years.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré; L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux 2
1988 Ermione Rossini; Gasdia, Zimmermann, Merritt, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Claudio Scimone 2
1995 Recital Gaetano Donizetti, Charles-François Gounod, Jacques Offenbach; Marilyn Horne, Lawrence Foster, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo 1
1998 Violin Concertos Vieuxtemps; Alexander Markov, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Lawrence Renes 1
1999 Namouna: Musique de ballet Édouard Lalo; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, David Robertson 1
1999 Gaité Parisienne / Offenbachiana Jacques Offenbach; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Manuel Rosenthal 2
1999 España / Fête polonaise / Joyeuse marche Emmanuel Chabrier; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Hervé Niquet 1
2000 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Chopin; Samson François, Louis Frémaux, Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo 4 3
2001 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Claudio Scimone, Turibio Santos 2
2001 Scaramouche / Le Bal Martiniquais / Paris / Le Carnaval d'Aix / Suite Française / Suite Provençale Milhaud; Béroff, Collard, Ivaldi, Lee, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Georges Prêtre 1
2003 Grieg: Piano Concerto / Schumann: Piano Concerto / Papillons Grieg, Schumann; Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Lovro von Matačić, Sviatoslav Richter 1
2004 Piano Music Jules Massenet; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Aldo Ciccolini, Sylvain Cambreling 1
2010 Piano Concertos 1 & 3 Beethoven; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Serge Baudo, Jean-Claude Pennetier 1
Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre / Concierto serenata Joaquín Rodrigo; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Antonio de Almeida, Alexandre Lagoya, Catherine Michel 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Saint-Saens / Ravel Saint-Saëns, Ravel; L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Edouard van Remoortel, Henryk Szeryng 1
1985 Romances & Adagios : Les pages les plus tendres de la musique classique Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Lawrence Foster 3
1993 Complete Music for Piano Solo / Complete Piano Concertos Ravel; Werner Haas, Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Alceo Galliera 1
1994 Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer / Berlioz: Nuits d'été Ernest Chausson, Hector Berlioz; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Armin Jordan, Françoise Pollet 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 A Night in Monte-Carlo Marcus Miller & Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Lakmé Léo Delibes; Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Richard Bonynge (conductor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Lakmé), Gabriel Bacquier (Nilakantha), Alain Vanzo (Gerald) 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Rhapsody In Blue / An American in Paris / Concerto in F (piano : Gabriel Tacchino - banjo : Francis le Mager - director : Lawrence Foster) George Gershwin; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Lawrence Foster, Gabriel Tacchino, Francis le Mager 1

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