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Fischer, Thierry (conductor)
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Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Thierry Fischer has been Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009 and finishes his final term in summer 2022, thence becoming Music Director Emeritus. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic from 2017 to 2020, and in March 2020 he begins as Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony.

In Utah he has led annual single-composer cycles including those of Mahler, Ives and Nielsen, and has released acclaimed performances of Mahler’s first and eighth symphonies on Reference Records, the latter with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 2019 saw the release (to excellent reviews) of a Saint-Saëns symphony cycle on Hyperion as part of an ongoing collaboration. He has conducted the orchestra in Utah’s five national parks and forged outreach links in Haiti. In celebration of its 75th anniversary season in 2016, he brought the orchestra to Carnegie Hall for the first time in forty years, and released an album of newly commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman and Augusta Read Thomas.

Whilst Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006 to 2012 Fischer appeared every year at the BBC Proms, toured internationally, and recorded for Hyperion, Signum and Orfeo, winning the ICMA Award in 2012 for Frank Martin’s Der Sturm on Hyperion with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. In 2014 he released a Beethoven album on the Aparté label with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has since appeared regularly with the orchestra in concert. He has conducted many more of the world’s finest orchestras, and in 2019 he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut.

Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his thirties when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado. He spent his apprentice years in Holland, and then became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra from 2001 to 2006. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic from 2008 to 2011.


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