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Gabriel Bebeselea

Principle Conductor – George Enescu Philharmonic Bukarest


Gabriel Bebeșelea is Chief Conductor of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest since the 2020/21 season.

The young conductor already enjoys a lively career which has led him to internationally renowned ensembles such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov".

Among the highlights of the 2020/21 season are his debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille and the Orchestre National de Lille, as well as his return to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Russian National Philharmonic, the Bochum Symphony, the Janáček Philharmonie Ostrava and the Ulster Orchestra.

With the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin he has recorded a CD with George Enescu's rediscovered oratorio "Strigoii" ("The Spirits") and his "Pastorale - Fantaisie" (edition curated by Gabriel Bebeșelea). The CD will be released on the Capriccio label in September 2018.

A remarkable opera conductor, Bebeşelea was appointed Chief Conductor of the Romanian National Opera by Iaşi in 2011, making him the youngest Chief Conductor in Romania. In 2015 he was appointed General Music Director of the National Romanian Opera House of Cluj-Napoca.

Gabriel Bebeșelea is known for its dedication to the research and rediscovery of forgotten compositions. To bring such works to light, he founded the Ensemble Musica Ricercata in 2017 - an international artists' collective dedicated to historically informed performance of music from the Baroque to the modern, with a focus on early music.

In 2011, Gabriel Bebeșelea was assistant to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam on a scholarship, which enabled him to attend rehearsals and concerts by Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Philippe Herreweghe, David Zinman and Eliahu Inbal. In 2015 he studied with Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival and with Kurt Masur at the Aurora Classical Festival.

Gabriel Bebeşelea, born in 1987, is a 1st prize winner of the Lovro of Matačić Conducting Competition (Zagreb 2015) and the Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales (Bucharest 2011).

In 2018 Gabriel Bebeşelea received his doctorate from the National University of Music Bucharest with "summa cum laude".


"Weber's Symphony No. 1 in C major - an ideal piece for Gabriel Bebeselea, who tonally loves it lush and juicy, and who also possesses the Kapellmeister quality to be able to inspire the musicians for 1b works. An inner glow emanates from the Konzerthausorchester on Friday, melody, middle voices and bass fundamentals develop acoustic depth, because each of the participants feels addressed by the maestro, regardless of whether they are currently playing a main or supporting role in this team play."

Frederick Hanssen, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin


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