Philharmonie Luxembourg invests in Yamaha RIVAGE

Yamaha’s flagship RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing console has recently seen its first permanent European installation at a classical concert venue in Luxembourg.

Opened 11 years ago in Luxembourg City, Philharmonie Luxembourg is a thoroughly modern concert complex. Home to the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, on average it is visited by around 180,000 people every year.

The venue owns all of its own sound and lighting equipment and, since its opening, has featured Yamaha PM5D and M7CL-32 digital consoles. This year the venue decided to upgrade to a RIVAGE PM10 and a CL5, two popular additions to the rider of many live classical concerts in 2016.

Supplied and installed by Belgium-based AED Distribution, the RIVAGE PM10 is used for Front of House in the Grand Auditorium, while the CL5 and two Rio3224D i/o units are movable – used for monitors in the Grand Auditorium and also as a flexible mixing solution in all of the building’s other spaces when required.

The 1,328-capacity Grand Auditorium combines the acoustics of classic ‘shoe-box’ concert halls with the atmosphere of a Shakespearean theatre, featuring raked stalls and four ‘towers’ on each side, with an adjustable stage area. The smaller Salle de Musique de Chambre features curved walls and can host 313 people, while the venue’s four foyers can also be used for performances. Three orchestra rehearsal rooms are located in the basement.

“We host over 400 performances a year and the consoles are intensively used. When we heard about RIVAGE PM10 we were very interested and Yamaha’s Ruben van der Goor and Jan Prins gave a demonstration in one of our rehearsal rooms,” said Laurent Watgen, the venue’s technical head. “We were so impressed that we decided to invest in a PM10 and a CL5.”

Watgen concluded: “AED did a great job in supplying everything we needed. Using the consoles is great – both sound wonderful and are easy to operate. It is a very successful venue and we are very proud that Yamaha is part of that success.”

(Pictured: Thomas Leisen and Hagen Tschek of Luxembourg Philharmonie with the RIVAGE PM10)