In 1996 Fabien Thouand was awarded first prize from the Conservatoire National de Region de Paris, where he studied with Jean-Claude Jaboulay. He then pursued his studies at the CNSM de Paris, initially under the guidance of Jacques Tys and Jean-Louis Capezzali, winning first prize unanimously in 2000, and then partaking in the masters course with Maurice Bourgue the following year.
In 2001 Thouand won 2nd prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition and the 3rd prize in the Giuseppe Tomassini international competition in Petritoli. He was awarded the 3rd prize at the Toulon Wind Instruments International Competition in May 2002.
Since then he has pursued a career in France and abroad, specializing in the field of orchestral and chamber repertoire. As a soloist, he has been invited to perform with orchestras including the ones of La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester, London Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), Opera de Lyon, Bamberger Symphoniker, Camerata Salzburg as well as the Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Ochestra of Europe. Furthermore, he has played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, Loreen Maazel, Zubin Metha, Yuri Termikanov, Kurt Mazur, Charles Dutoit, Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev and Daniel Barenboim.
Since 2004 Fabien has been principal oboe at the orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Beyond his career as a performing musician, he is also active as a teacher, and was nominated principal oboe teacher at the Lugano School of Music in 2001 and assistant teacher at the CNSM of Lyon in 2010.
Faculties / departments: Woodwind