John Eliot Gardiner leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mozart’s Symphony No. 31. Mozart wrote the symphony for a concert in Paris, when he visited the city – hence the nickname ‘Paris’.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 on his tour to Paris in 1778 – hence the nickname. He wrote the ‘Paris Symphony’ to open the public concert series Concert Spirituel in Paris and tailored his work to the French audience. After the concert, he wrote to his father: “In the middle of the opening allegro there was a passage that I knew very well people were bound to like, the whole audience was carried away by it – and there was loud applause.”
Sir John Eliot Gardiner has made numerous appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1994. Gardiner is one of the most versatile British conductors of our time. He is a key figure in the development of historical performance practice, from the early Baroque up to and including the twentieth century. Gardiner is also the founder and artistic director of The Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.