Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, in agreement with the Board of Directors of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (OFJ) chaired by Dominique Dujols, approves the appointment of Charlotte Ginot-Slacik as conductor of the Orchestra.

Charlotte Ginot-Slacik’s project was appreciated for its innovative and demanding artistic and educational character.

The main mission of the OFJ is to put future orchestra musicians in a professional situation. To this end, Charlotte Ginot-Slacik will develop the territorial mobility of the OFJ, the interactions between future orchestra professionals and populations, taking into account cultural diversity. This double ambition will allow them to better understand the new challenges of the orchestra of the 21st century.

She hopes that the OFJ will better reflect the diversity of French society by promoting social inclusion.

A doctor of musicology, Charlotte Ginot-Slacik holds a political master’s degree in music at the EHESS and a prize for aesthetics at the CNSMD in Paris.

She has an excellent knowledge of the symphonic sector acquired within the National Orchestra of the Capitole of Toulouse, a very rich experience in training for orchestral professions at CNSMD Lyon and in programming as artistic director of the festival «les musicales franco-russes» in Toulouse.

Founded in 1982 under the leadership of the Ministry of Culture in 1982, the Orchestre français des jeunes (OFJ) is aimed at young musicians at the end of courses in conservatories and complements the training provided by institutions of higher education in live performance.

Rima Abdul Malak salutes the work of the previous director of this orchestra, Pierre Barrois, who directed the OFJ for 25 years and worked to enrich the training of musicians. She also thanked Catherine Puig, who has brilliantly provided interim leadership in recent months. 

The OFJ is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year in 2022 and will perform on December 11 at the Philharmonie de Paris under the baton of its musical director Michael Schønwandt.