Sylvain Gasançon was winner of 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.
Born in Metz, France, and trained as a violinist, he began studying music at the age of five. He gave his first 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 Maestro 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 gratuated from the Conservatoire Supérieur National de Paris where he studied harmony, the art of the fugue, counterpoint, analysis and orchestration.
He quickly became and established conductor in the international scene. He has conducted more than thirty orchestras and received public and critcal acclaim for his powerful and musical interpretations. He has led orchestras such as 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 and the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Oquesta de la Región de Murcia in Spain and the Sofia Festival Orchestra.
He enjoys a very close relationship with Latin America and has conducted main orchestras in the region which include the State Orchestra of Sao Paulo (OSESP), the Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, the Filarmónica de Bogotá and the Chile Symphony Orchestra. He works regularly in México and has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the Filarmónica de México, OFUNAM, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, the Orquesta del Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Filarmónica de Jalisco among others.
He has collaborated with soloists such as Peter Donohoe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Rachel Barton Pine, Daniel Röhn, Benedetto Lupo, Alex Klein, Lucas Macias Navarro, the Catalyst Quartet, Gwyneth Wentink and Nathalie Forget.
Sylvain is very passionate about musicology and literature. He obtained a Master Degree in Musicology at the Paris University and is currently making research work at a specialized laboratory about gender studies and literature. He has been awarded the title of "Agrégé de Musique".