Sophie Galaise has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, fresh from her posting as Executive Director of Canada’s famed Symphonique de Québec (QSO).

Ms Galaise will take up the role from the beginning of June this year, and has been warmly welcomed by Chair of the QSO, Greg Wanchap, who said that the global search had secured the organisation the top candidate.

“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,” Mr Wanchap said.

Ms Galaise led the QSO for five years, presiding in a reversal of fortunes that saw the Orchestra return to preiminence.

“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