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Thierry Fischer

Music Director, Utah Symphony Orchestra / Honorary Guest Conductor, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 2009, Thierry Fischer has revitalized the orchestra with creative programming, critically acclaimed performances, and new recordings. Highlights of his tenure include a multi-season Haydn symphony cycle; Mahler, Beethoven and Nielsen cycles; and a tour of Utah’s five national parks. In celebration of its 75th anniversary season, the orchestra appeared at Carnegie Hall in April 2016 to critical acclaim and released an album of newly commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas on Reference Recordings. Following a well-reviewed Mahler 1 CD, they recorded Mahler’s 8th symphony in Utah with the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir, due for release later this season.

  • Le chef d’orchestre suisse Thierry Fischer a prolongé son contrat de directeur musical du Utah Symphony Orchestra jusqu’à 2019; il a occupé, de 2006 à 2012, les fonctions de chef principal du BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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  • In Summer 2016 Fischer toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for the first time since his debut (and first ever conducting engagement) 20 years ago. He conducted at the Mostly Mozart Festival New York and at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, and earlier in the season he guested with the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall. Guesting in the past couple of years has also included Boston Symphony, Atlanta, Cincinatti 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 2006-2012 Fischer appeared every year at the BBC Proms and toured internationally. He also made many recordings, notably for Hyperion (Honegger, d’Indy, Florent Schmitt) but also Stravinsky for Signum and Orfeo. His Hyperion recording of Frank Martin’s opera Der Sturm 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 and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30s 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 became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra 2001-2006. He was Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.

    Thierry Fischer is represented by Intermusica.

    2016-17 season / 405 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Parmi les orchestres qu’il a dirigés dernièrement figurent le Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, l’Orchestre du Mozarteum de Salzbourg, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, l’Orchestre radio symphonique de Francfort, le Philharmonique d’Oslo, le Philharmonique de Rotterdam, le Detroit Symphony, le BBC Symphony et le London Sinfonietta.

    Thierry Fischer a réalisé de nombreux enregistrements, notamment pour Hyperion Records, dont l’opéra de Frank Martin, Der Sturm, avec le Chœur et l’Orchestre philharmonique de la Radio des Pays-Bas, couronné en 2012 par les International Classical Music Awards (catégorie opéra). En 2016/2016 il a realise un Beethoven CD avec London Philharmonic (Aparté), ainsi que ses 2 premiers enregistrements avec Utah Symphony – Mahler Sinfonie 1, et des creations de Muhly, Norman et Read Thomas (Reference Records).

    C’est après avoir occupé le pupitre de première flûte solo à Hambourg et à l’Opéra de Zurich et passé le cap de la trentaine que Thierry Fischer entame sa carrière de chef d’orchestre, rempla¬çant au pied levé un collègue souffrant, puis dirigeant ses premiers concerts avec le Chamber Orchestra of Europe, dont il était premier flûtiste sous la direction de Claudio Abbado. Après quelques années d’apprentissage aux Pays-Bas, il devient chef principal et conseiller artistique du Ulster Orchestra de 2001 à 2006. De 2008 à 2011, il est chef titulaire du Nagoya Philharmonic, avec lequel il fait ses débuts au Suntory Hall de Tokyo en mai 2010 et dont il est aujourd’hui chef honoraire invité.

    Thierry Fischer est représenté par Intermusica.
    Mai 2016 / 273 mots. Toute modification sans autorisation interdite. Prière de détruire tout texte biographique antérieur.


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A triumph for soloist, orchestra and conductor... in Beethoven 7 the COE showed itself to be mercurial and willing to take risks. Thierry Fischer revealed every facet of the work's dance-like elements, heightening the tension to obsession by the end of the work.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 2016

The inspired players excelled in an ambitious program… fresh, lively account of Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 ... [Utah SO at Carnegie Hall] played two demanding early 20th-century works after intermission: selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Bartok’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin. Both received exciting, colorful and fervent performances.

New York Times, May 2016

There can’t be many conductors who know Olivier Messiaen’s Eclairs sur l’au-delà well enough to take over a performance at short notice. Stepping in for Sylvain Cambreling, Thierry Fischer directed the BBC Symphony Orchestra with such ease and clarity of gesture that one wondered why he hadn’t been booked in the first place.

Times, March 2014


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