Ádám Fischer

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Ádám Fischer, 2008

Ádám Fischer (born 9 September 1949 in Budapest) is a Hungarian conductor. He is the general music director of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, chief conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, and chief conductor of the Düsseldorf Symphony.

Career[edit]

Ádám Fischer is an elder brother of the conductor Iván Fischer. The two belonged to the children's choir of Budapest National Opera house, and sang as two of the three boys in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.

Fischer studied piano and composition at the Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, and conducting with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. He also studied with Franco Ferrara at Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He won first prize in the Milan Guido Cantelli Competition. His career began with opera conducting in Munich, Freiburg, and other German cities. In 1982 he made his Paris Opéra debut, leading Der Rosenkavalier, and in 1986 he made his debut at La Scala, Milan, leading Die Zauberflöte. Between 1987 and 1992, he was the general music director in Kassel.

Fischer began a long collaboration with the Vienna State Opera in 1973. In January 2017, he was named an honorary member of the company.[1]

In 1987, Fischer established the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and started the Haydn Festival in the Austrian city of Eisenstadt. He has recorded the complete Haydn symphonies for the Nimbus label, the first digital recording of the cycle, with the orchestra. In July 1989, Fischer started the first Gustav Mahler Festivals in Kassel. In 1998, Fischer was appointed chief conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra.[2] Fischer has recorded the complete Opere serie by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with this orchestra, and is currently recording Mozart's complete symphonies.

At the end of 2010 Fischer resigned as Music Director of the Hungarian State Opera in protest against the controversial media law introduced in Hungary in 2011.[3][4] Speaking in Brussels on 11 January 2011 he told reporters:

'A lot of the attention has focused on the new law but the problems run far deeper. Even more worrying are changes to the national constitution that are being drafted and the rise of anti-Semitism, homophobia and xenophobia in Hungarian society.'[4]

Fischer joined with András Schiff, Miklós Jancsó and others in an open letter condemning the Hungarian government's record on these issues.[5][6]

Fischer has recorded commercially for Nimbus, CBS, EMI, Hungaroton and Delta. In 1982, he won the Grand Prix du Disque. In 2018, he was the laureate of the Wolf Prize in Arts.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maestro Adam Fischer zum Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper ernannt" (Press release). Vienna State Opera. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  2. ^ "Koncerthuset". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Miért mondott le Fischer Ádám?". NOL. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  4. ^ a b Mock, Vanessa (January 12, 2011). "Hungary's artists". The Independent. London. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  5. ^ letter on site of Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra retrieved 14.1.2011
  6. ^ Szemere Katalin (24 September 2010). "Kultúra: Miért mondott le Fischer Ádám? - NOL.hu". NOL.hu. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ Paul McCartney Among 9 Wolf Prize Recipients - Jerusalem Post | first=Amy | last=Spiro | date=February 12, 2018

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Chief Conductor, Österreichisch-Ungarische Haydn-Philharmonie
1987–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Andrey Boreyko
Chief Conductor, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra
2015–present
Succeeded by
incumbent