Asher Fisch

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Asher Fisch
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Asher Fisch (Hebrew: אשר פיש) (born May 19, 1958, Jerusalem, Israel) is an Israeli conductor.

Fisch began his career as an assistant of Daniel Barenboim and an associate conductor of the Berlin State Opera. He made his United States debut in 1995, conducting Der Fliegende Holländer at the Los Angeles Opera. He was chief conductor of the Vienna Volksoper from 1995 to 2000. He served as music director of Israeli Opera from 1998 to 2008. Seattle Opera named him its principal guest conductor in October 2007.[1]

Fisch first guest-conducted the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) in 1999. In May 2012, WASO announced the appointment of Fisch as its next principal conductor, effective 1 January 2014, with an initial contract of 3 years.[2] In September 2015, the WASO announced the extension of Fisch's contract until the end of 2019.[3][4] With the WASO, Fisch has recorded the symphonies of Brahms.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Wagner - Der Ring Des Nibelungen
    • State Opera of South Australia: Melba Recordings - Das Rheingold (MR301089-90), Die Walküre (MR301091-94), Siegfried (MR301095-98), Götterdämmerung (MR301099-102)
    • Seattle Opera: Avie AV2313
  • Gordon Getty - The Little Match Girl. Nikolai Schukoff, Lester Lynch, Melody Moore, Asher Fisch, Ulf Schirmer, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. PENTATONE PTC 5186480 (2015)


  1. ^ Matthew Westphal (2007-10-16). "Seattle Opera Appoints Asher Fisch Principal Guest Conductor". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  2. ^ "WASO announces Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser" (PDF) (Press release). West Australian Symphony Orchestra. 3 May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
  3. ^ "WASO announces 2016 season and a renewed contract for Principal Conductor" (PDF) (Press release). West Australian Symphony Orchestra. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  4. ^ Stephen Bevis and Nevile Cohn (2015-09-02). "China beckons for WASO". The West Australian. Retrieved 2017-07-04.

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Preceded by
Chief Conductor, Volksoper Wien
Succeeded by
Thomas Hengelbrock
Preceded by
Gary Bertini
Music Director, Israeli Opera
Succeeded by
David Stern