Gabriel Bebeşelea is the Principal Conductor of the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca.
Admired for his enthusiasm and musicality, his reputation has grown substantially and rapidly over the last years, establishing him as a fast-rising star of the conducting world.
Highlights of the current and upcoming seasons include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Tonkunstler Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and his debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Cadogan Hall in London and at the Müpa Budapest with his early music ensemble Musica Ricercata.
With the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin he recorded a CD featuring George Enescu’s not yet published opera Strigoii (The Ghosts) and his Pastorale-Fantaisie pour petite orchestre (edition curated by Gabriel Bebeşelea). The CD will be released under the label Capriccio.
At 30 years of age, Gabriel Bebeşelea is recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors born in the last decades in Romania” (George Enescu Festival Journal, September 7th 2011) and is winner of the first prize of the “Lovro von Matacic” Conducting Competition (Zagreb 2015) and the first prize in the “Jeunesses Musicales” Conducting Competition (Bucharest 2011). Gabriel Bebeşelea was semifinalist of the “Donatella Flick” Conducting Competition of the London Symphony Orchestra (2014) and semifinalist of the “Gustav Mahler” Competition of the Bamberg Symphony (2016).
A notable opera conductor, Bebeşelea was named Principal Conductor of the Romanian National Opera of Iaşi in 2011, becoming the youngest ever Principal Conductor in Romania. In 2015 he was named Principal Conductor of the National Romanian Opera House of Cluj-Napoca. In 2014 he was presented with the “Best Conductor” award at the Romanian National Opera Houses Awards.
Recent highlights that cemented his good reputation as an operatic conductor includes conducting the new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride at the Perm Opera and Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. The performances have been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
In 2015, Gabriel Bebeşelea studied with two of the world’s most appreciated conductors: Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival at Easter and with Kurt Masur at the Aurora Classical Festival.
Furthermore, in 2011 he was awarded a scholarship consisting of an internship at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, where he had the possibility to assist at the rehearsals and concerts of some of the most representative conductors nowadays: Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Philippe Herreweghe, David Zinman and Eliahu Inbal.
One of Gabriel Bebeşelea’s passions is working with young musicians. Since 2011 he has been Principal Conductor of the Moldovan National Youth Orchestra and is also regularly working with the Romanian Youth Orchestra.
In 2010 he graduated with “Summa cum laude” from the Cluj-Napoca Music Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting, as a pupil of Petre Sbarcea. Two years later he graduated the Master’s Degree Program of the National University of Music Bucharest as a student of Horia Andreescu’s Orchestra Conducting Class. Nowadays he is a PhD candidate at the National University of Music Bucharest, under the guidance of Prof. Dan Dediu.
He currently resides in Vienna where he graduated the Postgraduate Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, class of Prof. Mark Stringer.