“It is not the first visit of Sylvain Gasançon, Orchestra Director to our country (Argentina). Years ago he appeared as leader of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic with the Colón. At that time, his presentation made an optimal impression on me. The current one shows him consolidated and definitely established as a symphonic conductor .... Gasançon presented a full, compact orchestra, amalgamated with very refined sounds, managing to expose a wide range of nuances. As expected, the public burst into a warm ovation at the quality of what was offered" Association of Music Critics, by Donato Décima, Buenos Aires, 2019 (National Symphony Orchestra, Argentina).” Donato Décima, Asociación de Críticos Musicales de la Argentina
“... 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
Sylvain Gasançon won first prize in the International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition in Mexico in 2005. The following year, he was awarded second prize at the International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Vaasa, Finland.
He has quickly become an established conductor on the international scene. He consistently receives public and critical acclaim for his powerful and musical interpretations of works that range from Brahms to Berio, and from Messiaen to Korngold and Schoenberg.
In North America and Europe he has conducted the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Vaasa City Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lorraine, the Orchestre de Bretagne, Sinfonia Rotterdam, the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, the Sofia Festival Orchestra and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. He has led all main orchestras in Latin America including the OSESP (State Orchestra of Sao Paulo), Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Sinfónica de Chile, the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and National Ballet in Bellas Artes, and the OFUNAM where he is the new Guest Conductor.
Concerts of the 2020-2021 season include debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Costa Rica National Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra in Colombia, and returns to the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, the OFUNAM and the Ballet Nacional in Mexico.
He has collaborated with soloists of prestige including Peter Donohoe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Lara St. John, Rachel Barton Pine, Simone Lamsma, Leonard Elschenbroich, Nicolas Dautricourt, Benedetto Lupo, Alex Klein and Lucas Macías Navarro
His first conducting teacher was Jean-Sébastien Béreau. He subsequently 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 Centre in Ottawa, and Jorma Panula in Lausanne and Saint Petersburg. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis and orchestration.
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 research institute in Paris. He received the title of Agrégé de Musique.
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.
Gasançon speaks French, Spanish, Italian, English and German.