Gabriel Bebeșelea is already recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors born in the last decades in Romania” (“George Enescu” Festival Journal, September 2011). Admired for his enthusiasm and musicality, he enjoys a reputation that has grown substantially over the last years: he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Iași Opera House in 2011, Principal Conductor of the Sibiu/Hermannstadt Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 and Principal Conductor of the Cluj-Napoca Romanian Opera House in 2015. In September 2016 he signed a contract as Principal Conductor of the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic.
His regular guest conducting engagements include the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bucharest National Opera House, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Opera House in Cluj-Napoca, to name just a few. His future appearances include the National Philharmonic of Russia, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, “Janaček” Philharmonic Ostrava, Rostov Philharmonic Orchestra, Yaroslavl Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra.
Winner of the “Lovro von Matačić Conducting Competition” (2015), semifinalist of the “Donatella Flick” London Symphony Conducting Competition (2014) and winner of the “Jeunesses Musicales” Conducting Competition (2010), Gabriel Bebeșelea enjoyed a close relationship with two of the world’s most appreciated conductors, Bernard Haitink and the late Kurt Masur. In 2015, Gabriel Bebeșelea was selected to work as active participant with Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival and with Kurt Masur at the Aurora Classical Festival. A notable opera conductor, Gabriel Bebeșelea is the winner of the “Best Conductor” Prize of the Romanian National Opera Houses Awards in 2014. In the summer of 2016, he conducted the new production of Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
In 2011 Gabriel Bebeșelea was offered an internship at the world renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as part of a scholarship granted by the National University of Music in Bucharest. As an intern of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he had the possibility to attend the rehearsals and learn from some of the most distinguished conductors nowadays: Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Cristoph von Dohnanyi, Philippe Herreweghe, David Zinman and Eliahu Inbal.
One of Gabriel Bebeșelea’s passions is to work with young musicians. Since 2011 he has been Principal Conductor of the Moldavian National Youth Orchestra, while also being committed to his position as Principal Conductor of the Sibiu/Hermannstadt Youth Orchestra, where he held the position of Music Director between 2006/2009. In 2009 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Icon Arts Ensemble – one of the most appreciated ensembles dedicated to contemporary music, enjoying success on stages throughout Europe.
Gabriel Bebeşelea earned a bachelor degree in conducting from The “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music in Cluj (where he studied with Petre Sbârcea), a master’s degree from The National University of Music in Bucharest (with Horia Andreescu), as well as a postgraduate diploma from The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (with Mark Stringer). Currently he is a PhD candidate at the National University of Music Bucharest under the guidance of Prof. Dan Dediu.