The period-instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble was founded in Paris in 1982 by Minkowski, who has served as its conductor since its founding. Recognition came quickly, and soon it was asked to participate in high-profile events. In 1992, it inaugurated the Baroque Festival in Versailles with a revival of Gluck's Armide, and in 1993, participated in the official reopening of the Lyon Opera, performing Phaëton by Lully. Les Musiciens du Louvre established permanent residence in Grenoble in 1996, joining forces with the Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble. During the following seasons, it performed and recorded Gluck's Armide, Handel's Ariodante, Charpentier's Te Deum, Rameau's Dardanus, and Handel's "Roman" motets. In 1995, the group performed Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Toronto Opera, the Houston Opera, the BBC Proms, and the Opéra Royal in Versailles.