In a different league: Fabien Gabel and Karina Gauvin captivate in Ravel and Schmitt in Québec

In a different league: Fabien Gabel and Karina Gauvin captivate in Ravel and Schmitt in Québec

"Conductor Gabel and the OSQ musicians did true justice to Schmitt’s score, one of the most notable of the large-scale creations of this master orchestrator. Stentorian brass and resplendent colors from the woodwinds combined with ever-busy strings and a whole raft of percussion arrayed across the right side of the stage, coming together in an über-impressive phalanx of sound that underscored yet again how unique and noteworthy this 1904 score was at the time of its creation – and remains today."

The exciting French voyage of Fabien Gabel with the ONDIF

The exciting French voyage of Fabien Gabel with the ONDIF

“Starting with an ambitious tempo, that the strings took up with gusto, conductor Fabien Gabel explored the limits of how the music could surprise the audience, with the unexpected accents and remarkably precise attacks standing as a testament to the grand concentration of the instrumentalists.”

Our best concerts 2018

Our best concerts 2018

"The interpretation of Mahler's Chant de la Terre , performed by the OSQ, Fabien Gabel, Michael Schade and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, created seismic tremors."

MSO: French Classics

MSO: French Classics

"Directing sans baton with expressively supple hands, Gabel coaxed a gloriously fluid account of the Prélude from the members of the MSO...maestro Gabel seemed totally in his element."

Petrouchka: Breathtaking!

Petrouchka: Breathtaking!

"Fabien Gabel knows how to delicately reveal all the shimmers in this type of score."

Gabel and Gomyo bring silver screen lushness to Houston Symphony program

Gabel and Gomyo bring silver screen lushness to Houston Symphony program

“Yet no matter how powerfully the orchestra opened up, its sound remained resonant and gleaming, never harsh. 

Gabel and the orchestra spun it out in silky, caressing phrases—a seductive counterbalance to the Straussian heroics.

Gabel and the orchestra were simpatico partners with  Gomyo all the way. The orchestra’s transparency enabled her to whisper without being drowned out, and Gabel kept the group in sync with her free-spirited pacing.”

In Montreux, the French Youth Orchestra takes over

In Montreux, the French Youth Orchestra takes over

"At the podium, the precise, ardent and expressive direction of the musical director of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec since 2012, endows the orchestra with a cohesion and vitality that Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 will testify to."

OSQ: Splendid End of Season

OSQ: Splendid End of Season

"Each turn, each intonation were primed under the expert guidance of Fabien Gabel's baton. His passion for this repertoire was reflected in the smallest movements of his skillful dance, buoyant and full of arabesques.”

Hélène Guilmette sings Poulenc

Hélène Guilmette sings Poulenc

“Shaped by the same momentum and guided by the caressing gestures of musical director Fabien Gabel, the musicians expressed suspense, elation - perhaps even languor, in the second movement - of this musical tale that culminates in a round marked by carnival-like accents.”

Guest Conductor Fabien Gabel Takes San Diego Symphony to New Heights

Guest Conductor Fabien Gabel Takes San Diego Symphony to New Heights

“With understated but unmistakable authority on the podium, Gabel deftly led the orchestra through Bernstein’s quickly changing moods and textures, giving precise direction with uncommon ease and probing the depths of this complex but rewarding concerto.”

An Interview with Fabien Gabel at the San Diego Symphony

An Interview with Fabien Gabel at the San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony is celebrating the composer Leonard Bernstein in May with a tribute to what would have been his 100th birthday. We got the chance to talk with Quebec Symphony Orchestra Music Director Fabien Gabel, who will be the Symphony's guest conductor for the first two concerts in the series this week, to chat about Bernstein, the art of conducting, and music.

Born to an accomplished Parisian musical family, Gabel started studying trumpet at the age of 6, 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 for 13 years 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. Gabel took an interest in conducting “quite late, considering that [he] started music very early”. In 2002 he began to pursue his interest in conducting at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman. Gabel later appeared as a guest conductor at the Festival in 2009.

Programmation 2018-2019 de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec : Coups de cœur de Fabien Gabel

Programmation 2018-2019 de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec : Coups de cœur de Fabien Gabel

La nouvelle image de marque de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec continue de faire son œuvre. Les gens de Québec sont de plus en plus nombreux à vouloir goûter la musique que leur offrent les 61 musiciens et le directeur musical, Fabien Gabel. Il n’y a plus d’âge pour venir assister à ces formidables aventures. Prestige a voulu connaître quelques-uns des coups de cœur de Fabien Gabel.

Into the mist: Gabel and Houston Symphony captain Corigliano and Ravel

Into the mist: Gabel and Houston Symphony captain Corigliano and Ravel

"Pressing his weight into the podium and closing his eyes with feeling, conductor Fabien Gabel looked to be waiting for this last piece. After cutting a fast tempo in the Bernstein (it was exciting, no doubt about it) and expertly supporting Currie as he traversed Corigliano’s formidable but beautiful concerto, Gabel stepped into his own spotlight. He is an unambiguous conductor, his gestures straightforward and to the point, but he rocked on his toes as the strings and winds rolled up and down melodies, and he stretched from toe to fingertip when the brass punched through the haze brightly. When the last note faded away, he smiled widely, as if to celebrate captaining the program’s successful voyage into the mist – and back out."