After studying piano and musicology, Fabien Waksman joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse is Paris (CNSMDP) where he benefited from the teaching of JF Zygel (harmony), JB Courtois (Counterpoint), T. Escaich ( Fugue and Forms ) and Michèle Reverdy (orchestration). At the same time, he received advice from Guillaume Connesson in composition. He is currently professor of harmony at the CNSMDP.
His chamber music is regularly played in festivals such as « Musique à l’Emperi », Auvers-sur-Oise, or the Centre de musique de chambre in Paris, where he has had the chance to collaborate with interpreters such as Eric Le Sage, Emmanuel Pahut, Paul Meyer, Jérôme Ducros, Jérôme Pernoo, Pauline Haas, Florent Héau, Mathieu Herzog, Eva Zavaro, Guillaume Vincent, Claire-Marie Le Guay, as well as the quartets Hanson and Aquilone.
Bandmaster Stéphane Denève commissioned the symphonic pieces Solar Storm (2009) and Le Parfum d’Aphrodite (2011), which he created at the head of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In 2012, RadioFrance called upon him for a new orchestral piece, Protonic Games, created by Daniele Gatti at the head of the Orchestre National de France at the Champs-Elysées Theater.
His collaboration with the Orchestre National de France continued during the creation in 2019 of a new music for a Charlie Chaplin film, and continues even today with the composition of the music of a concert-fiction around Moby-Dick scheduled for October 2019.
Fabien Waksman has also composed several operas intended for young audiences : first Aladdin ou la lampe merveilleuse (2007), then L’oiseau de glace (2012) and Epic Falstaff (2013), both commissioned by the Opéra National de Paris and written in collaboration with the stage director and librettist Florent Siaud. In 2014, he composed a large fresco for children’s choir and orchestra on a text by William Blake, Europe, a Prophecy. In 2017, the Orchestre National de Lyon created La Clé d’argent, an opera trilogy paying homage to the universe of H.P. Lovecraft.
He deepens his work on vocal music through the composition of Sumanga’ for choir and harp, work freely inspired by traditional music from around the world (commissioned by the Orchestre de Paris), from Pandore for mixed choir a capella on a text by Niki de Saint-Phalle, or melodies inspired by Japanese literature on an original text by the poet Camille Loivier.
His passion for cosmology led Fabien Waksman to collaborate with astrophysicist Jean-Philippe Uzan, with whom he created Le Baiser de la mort, string quintet and piano inspired by the discovery of gravitational waves. This pair are currently working on writing a cycle of melodies, the Black Songs, paying tribute to the discoveries of Stephen Hawking.
In 2011, he received the André Caplet Prize for musical composition from the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
In 2012 he won the Sacem Grand Prize for symphonic music (young composer).