Michel Tabachnik

Swiss orchestra conductor and composer (Geneva, 1942 - )

Michel Tabachnik is a Swiss orchestra conductor and composer internationally reputed. He conducted the greatest contemporary orchestras and has been the artistic director of the Brussels Philharmonic since 2008.

Michel Tabachnik studied the piano, the composition and the orchestra conducting in Geneva. He was quickly noticed by several great conductors like Pierre Boulez, Herbert von Karajan or Igor Markevitch and received their encouragements to carry onto this path. First as Markevitch's assitant at the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid and then as Pierre Boulez's assistant at the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, he discovered the contemporary repertoire and got closer to composers like Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti, Messiaen and Xenakis, for whom he conducted about twenty creations.

Michel Tabachnik was a tenured conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine and of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. He also worked closely with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, the Orchestre de Paris and the festivals of Lucerne, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence…

In the field of the opera, he conducted the orchestras of Paris, Genava, Zurich, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Rome, Montreal, Genoa, the Bolchoï Theater. Moreover, he also takes the time to teach musicians and regularly conducts international orchestras of young interprets.

His repertoire goes from Beethoven to Honegger, from Wagner to Xenakis and his recording of the Piano Concerto of Schumann was designated as "the best interpretation of this piece" by the Radio Suisse Romande.

Six landmark dates in the life of Michel Tabachni

1984: founded the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée

1984-1991: taught orchestra conducting at the Toronto University

1995: was designated "artist of the year" by the Centro Internazionale d’Arte e di Cultura of Rome

1993-2001: taught orchestra conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music

2005: became the tenured conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest then an honorary conductor in 2010

2008: became the artistic director of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchesta