In 2011, Simon Proust decides to create his own ensemble in Tours with friends. For nine years, he gets together passionned musicians around him for differents experiences.
During the first years, the orchestra grows very fast and proposes symphonic concerts with masterpieces of the repertoire, like Tchaïkovski, Ravel, Berlioz, Bizet, Fauré or Schumann, and also rare works from Shostakovich, Chabrier, Glazounov...
In 2013, the Ensemble Cartésixte performs a memorable Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique". In 2014, Rachmaninov's "Isle of dead" was also a great moment for the musicians. Recently, they have lived a wonderful experience with the "Pictures of an exhibition" from Mussorgski and Ravel.
In recent years, the Ensemble changes and explores new forms of concert. The musicians mix poetic texts and musics, chamber and orchestral on the same stage. They are looking for an unity, a link between all the pieces of the program. The rehearsals are a moment to share musical ideas and the performance becomes more and more intense with the audience.
In 2015, Cartésixte created "L'invitation au voyage", a poetical and musical journey with French composers and poets. In 2016, they proposed an homage to Henri Dutilleux with texts of Yves Bonnefoy. For the next season, they are preparing "An Imaginary Symphony", with works of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.
In 2019, they created a new concept of concert : "Les Rencontres Impromptues" and in 2020, they performed for the first time "Il était une fois les musiciens", new musical performance based on texts by Barbara, Schumann, and musics by Poulenc, Ravel...
Crédit photo: Marie-Hélène Bourquin
S. Sondheim : Send in the clowns (January, 2020)