Orchestra Philharmonique Royal de Liège / Liège Royal Philharmonic


[Liège Royal Philharmonic]

Conductor : Christian Arming

Founded in 1960, the Liège Royal Philharmonic (OPRL) is French-speaking Belgium’s only professional symphony orchestra. Supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium’s French-speaking Community), with the assistance of the National Lottery, and by the City of Liège and the Province of Liège, the OPRL performs in Liège – in the prestigious setting of the Salle Philharmonique (inaugurated in 1887) – and throughout Belgium (in Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Hasselt, Namur, Saint-Hubert, Sankt Vith, Verviers, Virton, and other locations), as well as in Europe’s great concert halls (in Amsterdam, Paris, and Vienna, in Spain, Switzerland, and France, and elsewhere).

Moulded by its founder, Fernand Quinet, and by Music Directors such as Manuel Rosenthal, Paul Strauss, Pierre Bartholomée, Louis Langrée, and Pascal Rophé, the OPRL has developed a sound identity at the crossroads of the Germanic and French traditions. It combines a determination to support new work and to promote the Franco-Belgian heritage with a recording policy that has led to more than 80 recordings, most of which have won numerous awards and international distinctions.

Christian Arming, its Music Director since September 2011, has further developed the OPRL’s standards of excellence, while also broadening its horizons to include the entire Classical and Romantic repertoire and opening up new perspectives for the Orchestra within the European musical landscape.

For nearly fifteen years now, the OPRL has taken up the challenge of presenting the greatest music to the widest possible audience through original projects such as the Music Factory, the Samedis en famille, and the Concerts du chef.

The Orchestra aims to take music ever closer to new audiences (whom it sets out to turn into loyal followers) and ever further, as a cultural ambassador of Belgium.

The OPRL is also conscious of the social role it plays throughout the year, taking music to sections of the population with little or no experience of classical culture. Its seasonal programmes, moreover, involve extensive and regular cooperation with other Belgian and European orchestras and with the conservatories of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, the Jeunesses Musicales, and all the major players currently active on the cultural scene.