"…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, Mexico City
"The real artistic success of the evening was the Rite of Spring in Mexico of Gasançon, winner of one of the editions of the extinct Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition, and whose technical and intelectual capacities were already admired. Gasançon has visited us with so many orchestras in the country, but had never had the challenge of conducting a work like this, with such an orchestra and allowing at the same time to show his own reading of the score, serve with efficiency the show of the evening, the dance (a triple challenge). The orchestra of the Palacio sounded brilliant, precise, and offered a lively performance, violent and emotional, that should be recorded just like that, on its own."
El Universal, Mexico City
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.
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.
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.
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.