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Classical music concerts in Paris

Our guide to the best classical concerts and venues in the capital

© Alain Dereymaeker
Catholic chants under Charlemagne, Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' premiered at La Madeleine, Olivier Messiaen playing birdsong on the organ of the Sainte-Trinité... France boasts one of the great classical music traditions in the world, and Paris has witnessed some of its most magical moments. Today, the classical music scene thrives in the form of scores of concerts and venues, running the gamut from sacred choral music in Medieval churches to contemporary performances in cutting-edge media centres. Read on for our guide to the best classical and opera to be found in the city.

Where to hear classical music


The quintessential expression of youthful creative flair, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP)... Read more

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19th arrondissement

Salle Pleyel

Home to the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique Radio France, the restored concert hall looks splendid... See more...

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Opéra Bastille

It is never going to be a beautiful building, but when the restoration of the falling fascia tiles is completed, it may at least... See more...

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12th arrondissement

Eglise St-Roch

Begun in the 1650s in what was then the heart of Paris, this long church was designed chiefly by Jacques Lemercier; work took so long... See more...

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Anthony M
Anthony M

Similar question -- we have two nights -- why can't TimeOut simply show what's on those nights in classical music?

Susie Blanckenberg
Susie Blanckenberg

Are there any classical music performances/recitals planned for the 1st week of September? If so how do I find out about them?