It was this collaboration and friendship that brought Tabachnik even closer to contemporary music and eminent composers such as Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti and Messiaen. He has conducted more than 100 world premieres, among them at least 20 by Iannis Xenakis, who always regarded him as his “favorite performer”.
Tabachnik was Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine and the Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris. Serving the Noord Nederlands Orkest as Chief Conductor for 6 years he today remains their Conductor Emeritus.
After his nomination as Chief Conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic in 2008 Tabachnik played a crucial role in shaping and developing the orchestra. Tabachnik secured the orchestra a residency at the Cité de la Musique Paris for three consecutive seasonsand took itto venues in Berlin, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Salzburg. International tours included Asia, Germany, the United Kingdom and France.
Tabachnik is a respected pedagogue and has given numerous Master Classes, e.g. in Hilversum, Lisbon (the Gulbenkian Foundation), Paris, Brussels and Stockholm conservatories. He has held the position of Professor of Conducting at both the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
His discography (Erato and Lyrinx) reflects the versatility of his repertoire, which ranges from Beethoven, Bruckner and Wagner to Honegger, Xenakis and Boulez. The French-speaking Swiss Radio’s international jury voted his recording of Schumann’s Piano Concerto (with Catherine Collard) “best performance of this work”. His recording of Strawinsky’s Sacre du Printemps (2013) received a Gramophone Award, and the recording of Claude Debussy’s La Mer was ranked as a reference recording “number 1” by both Classica magazine and Radio France.