Sunday, October 1, 2023

A new director at the OPRL to #continue the artistic dynamic and ensure its financing

After eight years as CEO of OPRL, Daniel Weissmann retired. His replacement took office on September 1. This is Aline Sam-Giao. At 47 years old, this Frenchwoman (like her predecessor) already has a very dense professional career, which took her to the Royaumont Foundation, the baroque ensemble Le Poème Harmonique and then to the Savoy Country Orchestra, as general administrator. . Her initial training: economics and finance at Science Po (Paris).

Since 2017 she has been general director of the AO (L’Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon), a hall with 2,100 seats, headquarters of this symphonic group of 104 musicians. She has been a Knight of Arts and Letters since 2015 and is one of the “100 women of culture” honored in 2021 in France.

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Aline Sam-Giao, mother of three, has just moved to Liège with her youngest daughter, 10 years old. She is very eclectic in her artistic tastes, she says she loves both classical music and other musical genres (jazz, pop, traditional music, etc.) as well as dance, literature, cinema or multidisciplinary artistic forms.

Attracted by international issues, Aline Sam-Giao was seduced by the identity and quality of the Liège orchestra, the value of its artistic project and the contribution of its musical director Gergely Madaras, its interaction with the public and its close bond with the Philharmonic Hall. . She wants to continue this successful dynamic.

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In particular, it wishes to continue the artistic dynamic: programming ambition, audiovisual and recording policy. But obviously, another great challenge will be the search for public and private financing to assume the increase in personnel costs and assume the artistic ambition.

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