Sylvain Gasançon won first prize in the International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition in Mexico in 2005. The following year, he was awarded second prize at the International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Vaasa, Finland.
He has quickly become an established conductor in the international scene. He consistently receives public and critical acclaim for his powerful and musical interpretations.
In North America and Europe he has conducted the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Magedburgische Philharmonie, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Vaasa City Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lorraine, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Rotterdam Sinfonia, the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, the Sofia Festival Orchestra, the Orquestra Metropolitana in Lisbon.
He enjoys a close relationship with all major orchestras in Latin America, including the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Argentine National Symphony, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, and the National Symphony Orchestra the OFUNAM, the Orquesta del Palacio de Bellas Artes alongside the Ballet Nacional in Mexico City.
He has collaborated with soloists including Peter Donohoe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Lara St. John, Rachel Barton Pine, Simone Lamsma, Leonard Elschenbroich, Nicolas Dautricourt, Benedetto Lupo, Alex Klein, Lucas Macías Navarro, the Catalyst Quartet, Gwyneth Wentink, Nathalie Forget, Wonmi Kim and Fabio Martino.
His teachers and mentors have included Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Jorma Panula, Gerhard Markson, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jorma Panula and Pinchas Zukerman. Initially a violinist, he graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis and orchestration.