Thierry Fischer has been Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009 and will finish his final term in Summer 2022, becoming Music Director Emeritus. He has been Principal Guest of the Seoul Philharmonic since 2017 (contract extended to the end of 2020). 2020 sees him begin a new position as Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony.
Fischer has led Utah Symphony in annual single composer cycles including Mahler, Ives and Nielsen; he has also released acclaimed performances of Mahler’s symphonies 1 and 8 on Reference Records, the latter with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 2019 saw the first release of a Saint-Saens symphony cycle on Hyperion as part of an ongoing collaboration (also to excellent reviews). He has conducted the orchestra in Utah’s five national parks and forged outreach links in Haiti. In celebration of its 75th anniversary season in 2016, he brought the orchestra to Carnegie Hall for the first time in 40 years, and released a CD of newly commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic from January 2017, he visits Seoul at least four times a season. He plays an important role in the artistic planning, and in December 2018 toured Europe with the orchestra.
Highlights of Summer 2019 included Fischer’s debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, and a revelatory Strauss and Sibelius programme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at London’s Southbank Centre – where, in 2019 -2020, he also conducts Tristan Murail with the London Sinfonietta and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has a significant presence this season at Flagey in Brussels, where he conducts three back-to-back Beethoven programmes with the Brussels Philharmonic.
Last season was notable for several staged projects – Zender’s Winterreise in Strasbourg, Zauberfloete at Utah Opera, and Candide in Utah and Seoul. In recent seasons he has also conducted the Boston, Atlanta and Cincinnati symphonies, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), London Philharmonic, 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 and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has performed and commissioned many world premieres.