Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced that Sophie Galaise has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
“I am thrilled to join QSO. I discovered an orchestra of the highest calibre led by Johannes Fritzsch, an excellent chief conductor, in a culturally vibrant and wonderful city. I feel excited and honoured to have been chosen to lead this fine organisation and I hope to contribute to its growth and continued success in years to come,“ said Ms Galaise.
Chair of the QSO, Mr Greg Wanchap, said the search for a Chief Executive Officer had extended globally to reflect the QSO’s standing in the international music community.
“The appointment of Sophie Galaise as Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s new CEO is exciting for our company and for Queensland. Her experience is exceptional and her international reputation is extraordinary; she brings passion, a very real love of music and a deep understanding of orchestral relevance in the modern era, all important elements as the QSO continues to reach important milestones in audience growth, orchestral review, artist acclaim and annual results,” he said.
Most recently Ms Galaise has led the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (Quebec Symphony Orchestra), one of Canada’s leading orchestras, for five years, driving a turnaround in financial and market performance and re-establishing it as a cultural institution of renown.
Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, the Hon. Ian Walker, MP, said the appointment of Sophie was an excellent reflection of the international reputation of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
“The QSO undertook an extensive search both in Australia and internationally, and the calibre of candidates was astonishing, with interest from all over the world,” he said.
“We were in the enviable position of being able to absolutely choose from the best,” Mr Wanchap added, “and we are delighted to welcome Ms Galaise to Queensland for the next very exciting chapter for the QSO, one which we are thrilled remains under the artistic baton of our Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch.”
Originally an orchestral musician (flautist), Sophie brings a great depth of understanding of the artistic aspects of an orchestra, together with strategic management and leadership capabilities. Sophie’s credentials include an Executive MBA from McGill University, Canada (2012); PhD, Musicology from the Universite de Montréal, Canada (2003); MA, Musicology from the Universite de Montréal (1991) and a Bachelor of Musicology in 1987.
In 2009 the Minister of Culture, Communications and Status of Women named Ms Galaise a member of the Commission des arts de la scène et de la diffusion (Advisory Committee on Arts and Dissemination) where she served until 2012. Ms Galaise became a mentor to young executives of cultural organisations, and served on many boards such as Orchestras Canada and the Centre for Local Development of Quebec.