“"... 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
Winner of the first prize in the International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition in Mexico in 2005 and the Second Prize at the International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Finland in 2006, Sylvain Gasançon has quickly become an established conductor in the international scene. He consistently receives public and critical acclaim for his powerful and musical interpretations.
This season he makes his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Costa Rica Symphony, and returns to the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Orquestra Metropolitana in Lisbon, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Buenos Aires, as Principal Guest Conductor of the OfUNAM in Mexico City, he returns 7 times to lead the orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City, and the Filarmónica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón.
In North America and Europe he has conducted the Magedburgische Philarmonie, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, the Vaasa City Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lorraine, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orquesta de la Región de Murcia in Spain, the Sofia Festival Orchestra, the Orquestra Metropolitana in Lisbon and the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa.
Sylvain Gasançon enjoys a close relationship with Latin America where he has led main orchestras throughout the continent, including the State Orchestra of Sao Paulo (OSESP), Filarmónica de Buenos Teatro Colón, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Buenos Aires, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Sinfónica Nacional de Chile and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Montevideo. He conducts regularly leading orchestras in México includin the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in México, OFUNAM, Filarmónica de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Orquesta del Palacio de Bellas Artes and Ballet Nacional de México.
He has collaborated with soloists such as Peter Donohoe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Rachel Barton Pine, Lara St. John, Simone Lamsma, Leonard Elschenbroich, Elisabete Matos, Miranda Cuckson, Nicolas Dautricourt, Benedetto Lupo, Alex Klein, Lucas Macias Navarro, the Catalyst Quartet, Gwyneth Wentink, Nathalie Forget, Wonmi Kim, Adam Golka 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 Professor Endre Kleve. His first conducting teacher was Jean-Sébastien Béreau.
Gasançon 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 Gasançon 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.