Conductor

Thierry Fischer

Conductor

Thierry Fischer

Music Director, Utah Symphony Music Director, São Paulo Symphony

Music Director, Utah Symphony Music Director, São Paulo Symphony

"The highlight was Debussy’s La Mer. Fischer had the confidence to allow space in transitions, not driving the tempo forward without a specific reason. In the still center of the final movement, he created a dreamy otherworldliness before a convincing transition back to storminess, and then pressed onward into the exhilarating final pages."
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Thierry Fischer

Thierry Fischer has been Music Director of the Sao Paulo Symphony since March 2020 and of the Utah Symphony since 2009, becoming Music Director Emeritus in 2023. He was Principal Guest of the Seoul Philharmonic 2017-2020, Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2006-2012, and Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2008-2011 (now Honorary Guest Conductor).

In recent seasons he has conducted the Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Cincinnati symphonies, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), BBC Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; also the Swedish and Munich chambers, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has performed and commissioned many world premieres.

For his inaugural concerts in Sao Paulo Fischer conducted Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the OSESP Orchestra and Chorus to launch their 2020 Beethoven season.  Last season’s highlights also included three back-to-back Beethoven programmes with the Brussels Philharmonic at Flagey in Brussels; at the Southbank Centre he conducted Tristan Murail with the London Sinfonietta and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  In Autumn 2020, on top of concerts with his titled orchestras, he returned to the London Philharmonic for a streamed concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

For his inaugural concerts in Sao Paulo Fischer conducted Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the OSESP Orchestra and Chorus to launch their 2020 Beethoven season.  Last season’s highlights also included three back-to-back Beethoven programmes with the Brussels Philharmonic at Flagey in Brussels; at the Southbank Centre he conducted Tristan Murail with the London Sinfonietta and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.   Plans for Autumn 2020 (on top of concerts with his titled orchestras) include his return to the London Philharmonic for a streamed concert at the Royal Festival Hall, Bach and Stravinsky in Stavanger, Saint-Saens with the Bournemouth Symphony, and Haydn and Prokofiev with the Orchestre du Pays de la Loire.

Whilst Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2006-2012 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 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.

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Stefana Atlas
Managing Director
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Samantha Scully
Managing Director
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North America
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