Speakers Biographies

Zahia Ziouani (Algeria/France)

Emily Achieng Akuno

Zahia Ziouani grew up in Seine Saint-Denis and studied viola and guitar the Conservatoire of Pantin. She is the artistic director the Symphony Orchestra Divertimento which was created in 1998 with talented young persons. In 2007, she was appointed first invited conductor of the National Algerian Orchestra and associate conductor of the “Ensemble Instrumental Densités 93”. She also conducted several orchestras in France, Tunisia, Algeria, Poland and Mexico including the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Arab youth community.

Since 2005, she has been Director of the municipal school of music and dance in Stains. Through the Festival “Classiqu’à Stains”, Zahia increases public awareness on classical and lyrical music. In 2012, she has created “L’orchestre Diver’cités” which main objective is to allow children (7-12 years old from disadvantaged districts) learn and practice a musical instrument. She aims at creating bridges between France and Algeria particularly through her programme “Algérie-France Une Symphonique pour 2012”, between Paris and its outskirts, between classical music and popular environments.


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