Fabien Gabel is among the most sought after young conductors. A guest of such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskappelle Dresden, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hague Residentie Orkest, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabien Gabel was recently appointed music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra starting from the 2012/2013 season.
Fabien Gabel 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.
In 2013 and 2014, Fabien Gabel will debut with the Royal Flemish Orchestra, the Bremer Philharmoniker the Norwegian Opera Orchestra in Oslo, the Montreal Opera, the Würtemberg Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, and will return to the BBC Symphony at Barbican, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France at Salle Pleyel, the Orchestre National de France, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon. He will work with soloists like Jennifer Larmore, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Emmanuel Ax, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Johannes Moser, Xavier de Maistre, Gautier Capuçon.
Fabien Gabel 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). In 2012 he recorded Tchaikovsky’s 1st concerto and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody with pianist Natasha Paremski and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the RPO label (Naxos distribution).
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.