Mexico Metropolis’s Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM Names Chief Conductor

(Photograph credit score: Kike Barona)


The Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (OFUNAM) has named the French conductor Sylvain Gasançon as its new Chief Conductor. He’ll start in January 2023, with an preliminary time period via to December 2025. Based in 1936 and primarily based on the Sala Nezahuacóyotl in Mexico Metropolis, the OFUNAM has beforehand been led by conductors resembling Jan Latham-Koenig and Massimo Quarta.

Gasançon received first prize within the 2005 Worldwide Eduardo Mata Conducting Competitors, in addition to taking dwelling second prize within the 2006 Worldwide Jorma Panula Conducting Competitors.

A local of Metz, in north-eastern France, Gasançon started studying the violin on the age of 5 and studied on the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles with Endre Kleve. He then progressed to the Conservatoire Nationwide Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the place he studied concord, counterpoint, evaluation, and orchestration, adopted up with a grasp’s diploma in musicology on the Université de Paris.

Amongst his academics and mentors are Gerhard Markson on the Mozarteum Salzburg, Gianluigi Gelmetti on the Fondazione Chigiana in Siena, Jorma Panula and Pinchas Zukerman on the Nationwide Arts Heart of Ottawa, and Jorma Panula in Lausanne and Saint Petersburg.

I’m extraordinarily happy to announce my nomination as Musical Director of the OFUNAM in Mexico beginning January 2023 for a three-year time period!” wrote Gasançon on social media.