Budapest Festival Orchestra

Michel Tabachnik

Michel Tabachnik studied piano, composition and conducting in Geneva and was supported early on by Ernest Ansermet and Igor Markevitch. For a decade he was regularly invited by the Berlin Philharmonic and many other renowned international orchestras. He was companion and adviser of Herbert von Karajan and founded – on behalf of Pierre Boulez – the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris and the Orchestre National de Lorraine. After a long retreat from conducting he has returned to the podium with unabated strength. He has conducted 130 world premieres, among them 20 by Iannis Xenakis, who always regarded him as his “favorite performer”. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Brussels Philharmonic, where he was chief conductor and music director (2008–2015), he was promoted “Conductor Emeritus” in June 2015. Besides his engagement in Brussels Tabachnik worked at teatro La Fenice in Venice and at the festivals of Besançon and Montpellier, where he interpreted Debussy and Ravel as well as important works of German Romanticism. As a guest conductor Tabachnik regularly returns to major orchestras in Germany such as the SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and the NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg. Current invitations lead him to the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Tchaikowsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino and the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra.

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