“"... an exhibition of the best that the orchestra could possibly sound: controlled, concentrated and mindfully attentive. The French conductor is in his prime, and one hears the intellectual in the articulation of his discourse. There is an efficiency how, in few rehearsals, he achieves just what he needs to configure sound-wise, and he is easily followed by the musicians behind their stands."” El Universal
He has quickly become an established conductor in the international scene. He consistently receives public and critical acclaim for his powerful and musical interpretations. In North America and Europe he has conducted the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the State Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, the Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland, the National Orchestra of Lorraine, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orquesta de la Región de Murcia in Spain and the Sofia Festival Orchestra.
He enjoys a close relationship with Latin America and has led nearly all of the main orchestras on the continent, including the State Orchestra of Sao Paulo (OSESP), the Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, the National Orchestra of Argentina, the Filarmónica de Bogotá and the Chile National Symphony Orchestra. Sylvain also works regularly in México and has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the Filarmónica de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, the Orquesta del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico's opera house) and many others.
He has collaborated with soloists such as Peter Donohoe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Rachel Barton Pine, Lara St. John, Daniel Röhn, Nicolas Dautricourt, Benedetto Lupo, Alex Klein, Lucas Macias Navarro, the Catalyst Quartet, Gwyneth Wentink, Nathalie Forget, Wonmi Kim and Fabio Martino.
Born in Metz, France, he began studying music at the age of five. He gave his first violin concerts at a very early age, and studied at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles with Prof. Endre Kleve.
His first conducting teacher was Jean-Sébastien Béreau. He then received guidance from conductors Gerhard Markson at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Fondazione Chigiana in Siena, Jorma Panula and Pinchas Zukerman at the National Arts Center of Ottawa, and Jorma Panula in Lausanne and in Saint Petersburg. Maestro Gasançon graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis and orchestration.
Sylvain is also an authority on musicology and literature. He obtained a Master’s degree in musicology at the Université de Paris and continues to research gender studies and literature at a specialized laboratory in Paris. He has been awarded the title of Agrégé de Musique.
M. Gasançon speaks French, Spanish, Italian, English and German.