Salle Pleyel – A Celebrated Concert Hall in the Most Fashionable Paris Street
The Salle Pleyel is a performing arts centre on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, one of the most fashionable streets in Paris. The concert hall hosts some 200 concerts each year and the building is also home to the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Salle Pleyel is a subsidiary of the Cité de la Musique and these two prestigious concert venues are the centre of classical concerts and other musical performances in Paris.
A Brief History of Salle Pleyel
There was a much earlier Salle Pleyel which opened at nº 22 rue Rochechouart in the 18th arrondisement in December 1839.
In 1927 the piano manufacturer, Pleyel et Cie, commissioned a replacement 3,000-seat concert hall which was designed by Gustave Lion. The concert hall opened to great fanfare with works by Wagner, Franck, Dukas, Debussy and Ravel. Unfortunately, this concert hall only had a very short life – less than nine months after its opening, a fire destroyed the interior of the auditorium. The renovation placed a financial strain on the Pleyel group and the Crédit Lyonnais bank eventually took over the property.
A Prestigious Concert Hall
The Salle Pleyel became the most celebrated concert venue in Paris, with a cast of master composers and artists performing here. When the Crédit Lyonnais fell into financial difficulties in 1998, the Salle Pleyel was put up for sale. From 2002 to 2006 the hall underwent major renovations with the acoustics of the hall and the public and service areas all being improved. Since 2009, the Salle Pleyel is owned by the Cité de la Musique.
There are wheelchair-accessible seats in all seating categories, but these must be booked at the box office or by telephone (Tel: 33 (0) 1 42 56 1313). The concert hall can be reached by lift.
252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore