By founding the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées in 1991, Philippe Herreweghe provided the French music scene with the quality ensemble playing on original instruments that it lacked. In doing so, the conductor added a new orchestra to his series of ensembles that he had specially designed for the exploration of given musical eras. The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées focuses on symphonic works and oratorios of the Classical and Romantic periods, as well as the classics of the XXth century, performed on the instruments of the respective periods. Several award-winning recordings of works by Mozart and Beethoven, but also Berlioz, Bruckner and Mahler resulted from this initiative. Guest conductors invited by the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées include included Daniel Harding, René Jacobs and Heinz Holliger. This Paris-based orchestra has toured Asia, Australia and the USA and performed in major venues in London, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam. Musicological research and educational projects complement the activities of the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées.