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In recent seasons Fischer has conducted orchestras across the globe—notably, the Boston, Atlanta and Cincinnati symphonies, and the Cleveland, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, among others.
Fischer closes his tenure in Utah with performances of Mahler’s all-embracing third symphony, featuring the upper voices of The Tabernacle Choir. This follows their joint recordings of Mahler’s eighth symphony, released in 2017, Mahler’s first symphony (2015), and newly commissioned works by American composers (2015). For Fischer’s farewell season, he chose to celebrate Messiaen’s music with a performance of the Turangalîla-Symphonie and with the present recording of Des canyons, which is directly inspired by the awe-inspiring landscape of Utah. His transformative fourteen years in Utah have seen the orchestra visit Carnegie Hall for the first time in forty years, an acclaimed Saint-Saëns cycle on Hyperion, and many other highlights, with Fischer taking on the role of Music Director Emeritus from summer 2023.
While 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. In 2012 he won the ICMA Award for his recording of Frank Martin’s Der Sturm on Hyperion with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
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 Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from 2017 to 2020, and Chief Conductor (now Honorary Guest) of the Nagoya Philharmonic from 2008 to 2011.