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 in the international scene. He consistently receives public and critical acclaim for his powerful and musical interpretations of works that go from Brahms to Berio, Messiaen, Korngold or Schoenberg.
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 Gasançon has led all main orchestras in México including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, the Filarmónica de México, OFUNAM, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Orquesta del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Sinfónica de Xalapa, to which he returns reuglary each year.
His 2018-2019 seasons include a return to the Opera at Bellas Artes (Damnation de Faust), the Ballet Nacional, the National Symphony and the OFUNAM in Mexico, the Sinfónica Nacional in Buenos Aires, and debuts with the Filarmónica de Medellín, Sinfónica de Porto Alegre, the Sinfonia Rotterdam and the Magdeburg Philharmonic. He has collaborated with soloists such as Peter Donohoe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Lara St. John, Rachel Barton Pine, Nicolas Dautricourt, Benedetto Lupo, Alex Klein, Lucas Macias Navarro, the Catalyst Quartet, Gwyneth Wentink, Nathalie Forget, Wonmi Kim and Fabio Martino.
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. He 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.
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.
M. Gasançon speaks French, Spanish, Italian, English and German.