What if we played without a conductor?

17 – 18 Mar 2021


Have you ever imagined a world without a leader, a society freed from the servitudes of verticality, where everyone becomes an actor and author of his or her own life? David Grimal has decided to apply this political utopia to the micro-society of the orchestra. For the past ten years, he has been conducting an experiment as original as it is fascinating within his ensemble Les Dissonances: exploring the symphonic repertoire without a conductor. In a constant dialogue with the musicians, he has invented another way of living music, a collective awareness of interpretation.

Bringing his method to the Opéra national de Lorraine for the first time, with the help of the Orchestra he revisits the musical landscapes of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (1822) and Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture (1831), a reminiscence of Fingal's cave in Scotland. Internationally renowned violinist David Grimal also performs Mendelssohn's Concerto No. 2, which in its time pushed back the limits of classical form.

Lorraine National Opera Orchestra

Violin and Artistic Director

David Grimal


Felix Mendelssohn

The Hebrides, Overture, opus 26

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor, opus 64

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, known as The Unfinished


Free, free admission* on the evening or tickets to be collected only on from 8 March 2021 at 1pm (*within the limit of available seats).

Master classes by David Grimal, in partnership with the Conservatoire Régional du Grand Nancy

FRIDAY 19 - 10h/13h - Conservatory Auditorium

Free entry within the limit of available places



  • Wed. 17 March 2021
    Salle Poirel
  • Thu. 18 March 2021
    Salle Poirel

See also