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 been music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since September 2013.
In the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, Mr. Gabel returns with the London Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He will debut with the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester at the Berlin Philharmonie, Hessischer Rundfunk Orchester in Frankfort, the Seoul Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, Staatskapelle Weimar, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. He will also conduct Hamlet at the Lausanne Opera.
Orchestras he has guest conducted also include the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in Hamburg, Staatskappelle Dresden, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma. Mr. Gabel has worked with soloists such as Emmanuel Ax, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alina Pogostkina, Julian Steckel, Johannes Moser, Antonio Meneses, Marc-André Hamelin, Beatrice Rana, Gautier Capuçon, Simone Lamsma, Xavier de Maistre as well as singers like Jennifer Larmore, Measha Bruggergosman, Danielle de Niese, Natalie Dessay and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.
Mr. Gabel first attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Donatella Flick competition in London, which subsequently led to his appointment as the LSO’s assistant conductor for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 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 he recently recorded a French opera aria CD with them and mezzo Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Naïve).
Born in Paris to 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; maestro Zinman subsequently invited him to appear as a guest conductor at the Festival in 2009. He has also studied with Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis and Paavo Jarvi.