PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR
- PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR
Thierry Fischer(*1957~) Thierry Fischer, Principal Guest Conductor
Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009, Thierry Fischer is also Honorary Guest Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic (Japan), where he was Chief Conductor 2008-2011. He was Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2006-2012.
During his tenure thus far in Utah (currently extended to 2019), Thierry Fischer has revitalised the orchestra with his creative programming, critically acclaimed performances and new recordings. Highlights have included cycles of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler and Nielsen; and at tour of Utah’s five national parks. In April 2016, in celebration of its 75th anniversary season, the orchestra made its first visit in 40 years to Carnegie Hall, performing under Fischer’s baton a programme of Haydn, Bartok and Prokofiev together with a new percussion concerto by Andrew Norman, performed by Colin Currie. According to the New York Times, “the inspired players excelled in an ambitious program – exciting, colourful and fervent performances”. In the same month the orchestra released an album of newly commissioned works by Norman, Nico Muhly and Augusta Read Thomas on Reference Recordings: “Thierry Fischer draws excellent performances throughout” (BBC Music Magazine). They have also embarked upon a series of Mahler CD recordings “this is an excellent Mahler First” (Classical CD Review), and later this season will release Symphony no.8 on CD together with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
In Summer 2016 Fischer toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to France, Switzerland and Italy. He also conducted at the Mostly Mozart Festival New York and at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, and earlier in the season he led the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall. In the past couple of years his guest engagements have also included BostonSymphony, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Detroit Symphonies, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, Munich Chamber, Swedish Chamber and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the BBC Symphony at the Barbican and the London Sinfonietta. In Autumn 2016 he conducts the Sao Paulo Philharmonic - his first visit to South America.
Whilst Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Fischer appeared every year at the BBC Proms and toured internationally. He also made many recordings, notably of French repertoire for Hyperion, but also Stravinsky for Signum and Orfeo. His Hyperion recording of Frank Martin’s opera Der Sturm (The Tempest) with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus won the International Classical Music Award in 2012 (opera category). In 2014 he released a Beethoven disc with the London Philharmonic on the Aparte label.
Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg at the Zurich Opera under Harnoncourt, who first fostered his interest in conducting. This was subsequently nurtured by Claudio Abbado, hisChief Conductor at the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (where he was also Principal Flute). He first conducted an orchestra himself whilst in his mid 30’s, replacing a sick conductor. He then directed several concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has never looked back.He spent his apprentice conducting years in Holland, and was then appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-2006.