Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, where he has revitalised the music-making and programming, and brought a new energy to the orchestra and organisation as a whole. Fischer was Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006-2012 and returned as a guest at the 2014 BBC Proms.
Recent engagements have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, and London Sinfonietta. In 2015/16 he makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, having recorded a Beethoven CD with them in 2014.
Fischer has made numerous recordings, many of them for Hyperion Records, whose CD with Fischer of Frank Martin’s opera Der Sturm with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus was awarded the International Classical Music Award (opera category) in 2012.
Fischer started out as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. His conducting career began in his 30′s 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 2001-6. 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.