At 31 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). He is the winner of the first prize at the “Lovro von Matacic” Conducting Competition (Zagreb 2015), as well as at the “Jeunesses Musicales” Conducting Competition (Bucharest 2011). Gabriel Bebeşelea was semifinalist of the London Symphony Orchestra’s “Donatella Flick” Conducting Competition in 2014 and semifinalist of the Bamberg Symphony’s Gustav Mahler Competition in 2016. Also in 2014, Bebeşelea was presented with the “Best Conductor” award at the Romanian National Opera Houses Awards.
A notable opera conductor, Bebeşelea was named Principal Conductor of the Iași Romanian National Opera 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.
Recent highlights suggestive of his good reputation as an operatic conductor include 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. With the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, Gabriel Bebeşelea presents the complete “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (The Ring Cycle) by Richard Wagner as semi-staged performances over the course of four seasons. “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” from the series have been already staged, Bebeşelea also signing the stage direction and the lighting concept of the performances.
He is a “summa cum laude” graduate of the Cluj-Napoca Music Academy gaining in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting under the guidance of Petre Sbarcea. Two years later he graduated the Master’s Degree Program of the Bucharest National University of Music as a student of Horia Andreescu’s Orchestra Conducting Class.
In 2018, Gabriel Bebeşelea obtained his PhD with “summa cum laude” from the Bucharest the National University of Music with his doctoral thesis “The Research of the Compositional Manuscripts, Premise and Stake of the Conducting Interpretation” under the guidance of Prof. Dan Dediu.