The Chamber Orchestra of Alsace is a non-permanent classical ensemble that was founded under the name “La Follia” in 1971 by professional musicians of the French Rhine Valley area, led at the time by the violinist Miguel de la Fuente. This geometrically variable ensemble of 8 to 30 musicians usually plays without a conductor.
After almost 45 years of existence, the Chamber Orchestra of Alsace “La Follia”’s track record is quite impressive: over 3000 concerts, 30 premieres, and a significant discography regularly rewarded and acclaimed by critics. The orchestra, whose roots remain in Alsace, has been bringing classical music of all periods in small villages as well as in renowned concert halls, all over France and occasionally abroad, aside renown soloists such as David Guerrier, Marielle Nordmann, Gérard Caussé, Juliette Hurel, and Gauthier Capuçon. It is actively supported by regional and local councils, technically and financially.
French violinist Hugues Borsarello became in 2009 the new artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Alsace “La Follia”, and has been leading the ensemble as a concertmaster since.