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Iván
Fischer

Conductor

Iván Fischer studied piano, violin, cello and composition in Budapest. He went on to Vienna where he studied orchestral conducting with Hans Swarowsky. Subsequently he was Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s assistant for two seasons.

In 1983 Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra; with this ensemble, which he still conducts, he has been immensely successful. From 2012 to 2018, he was also chief conductor of the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Konzerthausorchester, which subsequently named him honorary conductor.

In the past Iván Fischer was Music Director at Kent Opera and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.

He has initiated several festivals, including the Budapest Mahlerfest, and attracted tens of thousands of people to his open-air concerts in Budapest. In 2006 he received the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious Hungarian cultural prize, and in 2013 he was made an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Iván Fischer is also a composer, and a gifted pedagogue who regularly gives masterclasses.

As a guest conductor, Iván Fischer has led all the major orchestras. He made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest in 1987 and has been a very regular guest ever since. In February and March 2019 he conducted the orchestra in an all-Stravinsky-programme. He returns in December for works by Haydn, Mozart and Rossini and gives conducting masterclasses with the Concertgebouworkest on 24, 25 and 26 June 2020.

 

Iván Fischer studied piano, violin, cello and composition in Budapest. He went on to Vienna where he studied orchestral conducting with Hans Swarowsky. Subsequently he was Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s assistant for two seasons.

In 1983 Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra; with this ensemble, which he still conducts, he has been immensely successful. From 2012 to 2018, he was also chief conductor of the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Konzerthausorchester, which subsequently named him honorary conductor.

In the past Iván Fischer was Music Director at Kent Opera and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.

He has initiated several festivals, including the Budapest Mahlerfest, and attracted tens of thousands of people to his open-air concerts in Budapest. In 2006 he received the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious Hungarian cultural prize, and in 2013 he was made an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Iván Fischer is also a composer, and a gifted pedagogue who regularly gives masterclasses.

As a guest conductor, Iván Fischer has led all the major orchestras. He made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest in 1987 and has been a very regular guest ever since. In February and March 2019 he conducted the orchestra in an all-Stravinsky-programme. He returns in December for works by Haydn, Mozart and Rossini and gives conducting masterclasses with the Concertgebouworkest on 24, 25 and 26 June 2020.