Monday’s (12/16) Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah) carries Doug Robinson’s in-depth interview with Thierry Fischer, music director and conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. “He has made music all over the world, first as a flutist and then later as a conductor. Raised largely in Switzerland,” he was working as principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales while also serving as chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra when “a three-person entourage representing the [Utah] symphony flew to Europe to woo Fischer. In July 2009, he and his wife, Catherine, flew to Salt Lake City to see for themselves.… ‘We decided it had all the ingredients and we could feel happy here,’ he says. ‘If you are happy, you have the energy and determination to make things happen.’ … They hired Fischer to rebuild the orchestra, which rose to prominence under the legendary Maurice Abravanel … from 1947 to 1979.… For four to five months each year, Fischer and his wife, Catherine, live in Salt Lake City during the symphony season and then return to their home in Geneva where their sons reside.”

Posted December 17, 2013