Thierry Fischer

Symphony Music Director

Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and currently extended to 2019, 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. 

In September 2016 Fischer was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, starting January 2017 and running concurrently with his Utah position for an initial 3 years.  He will visit Seoul at least 4 times a season and will play an important role in the artistic planning.   

In Summer 2016 Fischer toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and debuted at the Mostly Mozart Festival New York and at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence.  Earlier in the season he conducted 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 20082011, making his Suntory Hall debut in Tokyo in May 2010, and is now Honorary Guest Conductor.

Thierry Fischer is represented by Intermusica.