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Fabien Gabel

Fabien_Gabel_c_web.jpg Fabien Gabel, guest conductor

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

In 2014-15 and 2015-16 Fabien Gabel returns with the Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Bremer Philharmoniker, Filharmonica de Galicia, and will debut with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonie Orchester, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Auckland Symphony, Brisbane’s Queensland Symphony. He will also conduct Carmen at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo. His last appearance with the RPO was in March 2015.

Orchestras he has guest conducted also include the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Staatskappelle Dresden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Ottawa’s NACO, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest.

Fabien Gabel has worked or is due to work this upcoming season with soloists like Emmanuel Ax, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alina Pogostkina, Julian Steckel, Marc-André Hamelin, Beatrice Rana, Gautier Capuçon, Simone Lamsma, Xavier de Maistre, or singers like Jennifer Larmore, Measha Bruggergosman, Danielle de Niese, Natalie Dessay, Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Fabien had first attracted international attention in 2004 winning the Donatella Flick competition in London, which subsequently led to his appointment as the LSO’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 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and recently recorded a French opera aria CD with them and mezzo Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Naïve).

Born in Paris and a member of a family of accomplished musicians, Fabien Gabel began studying trumpet at the age of six, 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 Musik Hochschule of 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 Gabel pursued his interest in conducting at the Aspen Summer 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 Jarvi.

Photo credit: Gaetan Bernard

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