“Thierry Fischer, who as conductor and music director of the Utah Symphony is credited with revitalizing the state’s biggest classical music organization, will be leaving that job when his contract is up in August 2022,” writes Sean P. Means in Thursday’s (5/23) Salt Lake Tribune. “The Swiss-born Fischer will assume the title Music Director Emeritus… When Fischer was hired in 2009, after an appearance as guest conductor in October 2007, he said he planned to be ‘a normal Salt Lake City citizen,’ and that it was the warmth of the locals, including the symphony’s musicians, that attracted him to the job…. Fischer is credited with taking the Utah Symphony to Carnegie Hall for the group’s 75th anniversary, and on two tours across Utah’s national parks and other landmarks. He has championed new composers such as Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman and Augusta Reed Thomas, and led performance cycles of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler and other greats….  In addition to his position in Utah, Fischer has been the principal guest conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since March 2017…. Fischer is the seventh person to conduct the Utah Symphony in its 80-year history.”

Posted May 24, 2019