In 2011, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec appointed Fabien Gabel as its music director. Gabel first attracted international attention in 2004 when he won the prestigious Donatella Flick conducting competition in London, which gave him the opportunity to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and subsequently led to his appointment as the orchestra’s assistant conductor.
Mr. Gabel has forged an especially strong relationship with the Orchestre National de France, making his professional conducting debut there in 2003 and then appearing regularly thereafter. He has also appeared with the ONF on television with soprano Natalie Dessay, and recorded an award-winning disc for the Naïve label with mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux.
Born in Paris to a family of accomplished musicians, Gabel began studying trumpet at the age of six, honing his skills at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and later at the Musik Hochschule of Karlsruhe. He went on to play in 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, Gabel pursued his interest in conducting at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman.
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