Fabien Gabel

2013 Adjudicator

Classical music (orchestral instrument) 
Fabien Gabel

Fabien GabelFabien Gabel is among the most sought after young conductors internationally. A guest of major orchestras around the world, Fabien Gabel was recently appointed music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra starting from September 2012.

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.

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 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 Järvi.