Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Managing Director : Daniel Weissmann / Music Director : Gergely Madaras
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), and by the City of Liège and the Province of Liège, the OPRL performs in Liège – in the prestigious setting of the Salle Philharmonique (1887), throughout Belgium, as well as in great concert halls and at major festivals around Europe, Russia, Japan and the United States. Moulded by its founder, Fernand Quinet, and by its Music Directors (Manuel Rosenthal, Paul Strauss, Pierre Bartholomée, Louis Langrée, Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, and Christian Arming), the OPRL has developed a sound identity at the crossroads of the Germanic and French traditions. This course continues under Gergely Madaras since September 2019. The OPRL combines a determination to support new work and to promote the Franco-Belgian heritage, while also exploring new repertoire, with a recording policy that has resulted in more than 100 recordings, including as latest releases the Sirba Orchestra! project (DGG/Universal France), Respighi’s complete symphonic works (BIS), and works by Saint-Saëns (BIS), Bloch and Elgar (La Dolce Volta), Ysaÿe (Musique en Wallonie), Franck (Fuga Libera, Musique en Wallonie), and Gabriel Dupont (Fuga Libera), as well as Contemporary Clarinet Concertos with Jean-Luc Votano (Fuga Libera), and concertos by Boesmans (Cypres).