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Fabien Gabel

Biography – about the artist.

Fabien Gabel is the newly appointed Music Director Designate of the Tonkünstler-Orchester, a position which begins with the 2025/2026 season. Elsewhere, he has established an international career of the highest calibre, appearing with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Praised for his dynamic style and sensitive approach to the score, he is best known for his eclectic choice of repertoire, ranging from core symphonic works to new music to championing lesser-known composers of the 19th and the 20th century.

Gabel returns as a guest in 2023/2024 to such orchestras as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In Paris, he continues his work on a large-scale project to record a new score for Abel Gance’s epic film ‘Napoleon’ with the Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, in a production which will appear in cinemas, for online streaming and in live performances.

Fabien Gabel performs with soloists such as Daniil Trifonov, Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Ax, Bertrand Chamayou, Seong-Jin Cho, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gidon Kremer, Augustin Hadelich, Vilde Frang, Daniel Lozakovich, Christian Tetzlaff, Gautier Capuçon, Daniel Mueller-Schott, Johannes Moser, Håkan Hardenberger, Emmanuel Pahud, and with singers such as Measha Brueggergosman, Natalie Dessay, Petra Lang, Jennifer Larmore, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nikola Hillebrand, Asmik Grigorian and Michael Schade.

Having attracted international attention in 2004 as the winner of the Donatella Flick conducting competition, Fabien Gabel was Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra 2004-2006. He was music director of Orchestre symphonique de Québec 2012-2021 and Orchestre Français des Jeunes 2017-2021.

Born in Paris to a family of accomplished musicians, Fabien Gabel began playing the trumpet at the age of six and honed his skills at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. He played with various Parisian orchestras under prominent conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink before embarking on his conducting career. Fabien Gabel was named ‘Chevaliers des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French government in January 2020

SEASON 2023/2024

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Perth Concert Hall


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„Mahler may not be the kind of music for which French conductor Fabien Gabel is best-known, but his interpretation of the symphony, which was both emotionally probing as well as being beautifully shaped, was mightily impressive. Standout moments were evident from the very beginning, with a Trauermarsch that wasn’t as ponderous as it can be sometimes in the hands of other conductors. Fireworks were on display in the Sturm und Drang of the second movement, but the plaintive, searching motifs that are also part of the atmosphere were likewise highly effective. I have seen this piece in concert numerous times, but I cannot recall it played so impressively as here in the opening two movements.“

Bachtrack, Phillip Nones, 12.03.2023

„Gabel, now armed with baton, delivered a spectacularly vivid, kaleidoscopic reading of Suite No 2 derived from the ending of the ballet score.“

Classic Melbourne, Glenn Riddle, 03.12.2018

„On the podium, under the precise, ardent and expressive lead of the Musical Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the orchestra demonstrated the cohesion and vitality that Tchaikovsky’s Symphonie no. 4 requires.“

Le Monde, Marie-Aude Roux, 07.09.2018

„Gabel conjured up a musical vision that was gripping in its intensity. […] Gabel and the Clevelanders provided wonderfully balanced musical support, in a performance that had everything coming together just right.“

Bachtrack, Philipp Nones, 20.08.2017

„It is a particular pleasure to see an artist evolve harmoniously: every opportunity we have to hear the French Fabien […] illustrates this feeling. His superb concert (the program, already) with the Orchestre de Paris showed authority and character, with a gesture that has increased in command.“

Diapason, Rémy Louis, 01.02.2015