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After playing a major role as chief conductor and artistic director of the Brussels Phiharmonic until June 2015, Michel Tabachnik is now its chief Emeritus. With this orchestra, he continues to direct several concerts per season, especially during international tours.

He is also the guest of prestigious institutions such as the SWR Stuttgart, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the orchestra of La Fenice in Venice and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He performed three times during the inaugural season of the new Paris Philharmonic.

Michel Tabachnik studied piano, composition and conducting in Geneva. After his studies a few great conductors gave him their precious support : Pierre Boulez, Herbert von Karajan and Igor Markevitch. He was first Igor Markevitch’s assistant at the Radio Television Orchestra in Madrid, and for four years Pierre Boulez’s assistant, mainly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London.

This led him to become closely involved with the music of our time. Close to Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti, Messiaen… He performed many world Premieres, particularly those of Iannis Xenakis who considered him as his favourite interpreter.

Michel Tabachnik has held the position of Music Director of the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon, theOrchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. His impressive roster of guest conducting includes the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tokyo NHK, Orchestre de Paris, and festivals such as Lucerne, Salzburg, Aix en Provence…

In September 2005, Michel Tabachnik was appointed the Noord Nederlands Orkest’s Chief Conductor for six years.

Soon after his nomination as the Music Director of the Brussels Phiharmonic in September 2008 he had a spectacular influence on this orchestra. During three seasons, Michel and the Brussels Philharmonic have been offered a thirteen-concert residency at theCité de la Musique in Paris. They perform at the Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, De Doelen/Rotterdam, Festspielhaus/Salzburg and theytour China (12 concerts in 2009), Germany(2010), Great Britain(2012), South America (2012), Germany again (10 concerts in 2012). As a guest conductor, his 2010-2011 engagements include the Orchestre de Paris, the SWR Stuttgart and Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin.

In the operatic field Michel Tabachnik has conducted in the opera houses of Paris, Geneva, Zürich, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Rome, Montreal, Genova, Bolshoi Theater... He has been a regular guest with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, where he led, among other works, Lohengrin, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, The Rake’s Progress…

Alongside his activity as a conductor, Michel Tabachnik is also a composer and writer. Several of his works had recently been created, including Lumières fossiles, in the Netherlands, as part of the 100th anniversary of Le sacre du printemps premiere, Prélude à la légende at the Besançon Festival, le Concerto pour violon with the Brussels Philharmonic and Le livre de Job at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Libretto by Regis Debray, opera Benjamin, last night, is created in March 2016 at the Opera de Lyon who commissioned him the work.

Literature side, Michel Tabachnik, after De la musique avant toute chose (2008) and L'homme sauvage (2013), is about to publish a second novel and a book about his relationship to music and life.

Part of his time is dedicated to young musicians. He has conducted several international youth orchestras. He was Artistic Director of l’Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec (1985-1989) and, over a twelve year period, l’Orchestre des Jeunes de Méditerrannée which he founded in 1984.

As a respected pedagogue Michel Tabachnik has given numerous Master Classes in Hilversum, Lisbon (the Gulbenkian Foundation), Paris, Brussels and Stockholm conservatories. He has held the position of Professor of Conducting at both the Faculty of Music,University of Toronto (1984-1991), and the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen (1993-2001).

In 1995, Michel Tabachnik was declared “artist of the year” by Centro Internazionale d’Arte e di Cultura in Roma.

His discography (Erato and Lyrinx) reflects the versatility of his repertoire, which ranges fromBeethoven to Honegger, from Wagner to Xenakis. the French-speaking Swiss Radio’s international jury elected his recording of Schumann’s Piano Concerto (with Catherine Collard)“best performance of this work”. It is now enriched by the recordings on the the Brussels Philharmonic label, especially with Le sacre du Printemps praised by Gramophone Awards 2013 and his interpretation of La Mer by Debussy, ranked No. 1 by the french magazine Classica before the two reference versions by Pierre Boulez.

September 2015