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 2012. He is also music director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons, taking over from David Zinman.
In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Fabien Gabel will return to conduct the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, and he will debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchester, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
Recently, he has had successful guest-conducting engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt’s Hessischer Rundfunk Orchester, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Oslo Philharmonic.
He also regularly conducts the Orchestre de Paris, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Fabien Gabel has worked with soloists such as Emanuel Ax, Seong-Jin Cho, Gidon Kremer, 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, and Bertrand Chamayou; and with singers such as Jennifer Larmore, Measha Bruggergosman, Danielle de Niese, Natalie Dessay, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.
Fabien first attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Donatella Flick competition in London. This led to his appointment as the LSO’s assistant conductor for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Since then, the LSO has engaged him regularly as a guest conductor.