Fabien Gabel, conductor

Recognized internationally as one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel is a regular guest conductor of major orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. He has been music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since 2013. 

In this season and next, he makes return engagements with many of the world’s leading orchestras from Seoul to Salzburg. He will also conduct Hamlet at the Lausanne Opera.

Orchestras he has guest conducted include the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in Hamburg, Staatskappelle Dresden, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma, 

Fabien Gabel has worked with soloists, including Emanuel Ax, Radu Lupu, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alina Pogostkina, Julian Steckel, Johannes Moser, Antônio Meneses, Marc-André Hamelin, Beatrice Rana, Gautier Capuçon, Simone Lamsma, Xavier de Maistre, Jennifer Larmore, Measha Bruggergosman, Danielle de Niese, Natalie Dessay and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Fabien first attracted international attention in 2004 when he won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London, which subsequently led to his appointment as the London Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons. Since then, the LSO has engaged him regularly as a guest conductor.
He made his professional conducting debut in 2003 with the Orchestre National de France and has since returned frequently.  He now regularly conducts this orchestra in subscription concerts in Paris and recently recorded a French opera aria CD with the orchestra and mezzo Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Naïve).

Born in Paris and a member of a family of accomplished musicians, Fabien Gabel began studying trumpet at age 6, honing his skills at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, which awarded him a First Prize in trumpet in 1996, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. He went on to play in various Parisian orchestras under the direction of prominent conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink. In 2002, Fabien pursued his interest in conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman, who invited him to appear as a guest conductor at the Festival in 2009. He has studied with Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis and Paavo Järvi.
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