It was announced on 22 September that Thierry Fischer will become Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra starting January 2017 for an initial three years, and running concurrently with his ongoing Music Directorship of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. He will visit Seoul at least four times a season to conduct the orchestra, both in subscription and in their Ars Nova contemporary music series, and will play an important role in the artistic planning. His team includes Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Unsuk Chin the long-standing Composer in Residence, and Markus Stenz the new Conductor in Residence.
Both Fischer and Stenz were appointed on the recommendation of a committee whose members included the Seoul Philharmonic’s Chief Executive, musicians from within and outside of the orchestra, a music critic, a conductor and a music manager.
In his first season in Seoul Fischer will conduct a wide range of repertoire including works by Haydn, Brahms, Berlioz, Mahler, Shostakovich, Ravel, Berg, Dutilleux and a newly commissioned work by Anders Hillborg, collaborating with soloists including Truls Mørk, Bertrand Chamayou and Viviane Hagner. He will also conduct Bruckner’s Te Deum and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the season’s closing concert.
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Asia’s longest-established orchestras, with a history dating back to 1948. Under the 10 year leadership of former Music Director Myung-Whun Chung it has gained an international reputation for quality, touring to Disney Hall, Beijing NCPA, Grafenegg Festival and BBC Proms, and making award-winning recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Maestro Chung returned to conduct the orchestra this summer to conduct a major new commission by Unsuk Chin at the inaugural concert in the new Lotte Hall in Seoul, which (together with the Seoul Arts Centre) will now host their main subscription concerts.
Thierry Fischer took his Utah Symphony to Carnegie Hall for their first visit in 40 years in April: “the inspired players excelled in exciting, colourful and fervent performances” (New York Times). He returned to New York in July, this time for his debut with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. This summer he also conducted at Maggio Musicale Firenze and toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to France, Switzerland and Italy. Earlier in the season he led the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall.
In the Press
Salt Lake Tribune: “Utah Symphony’s Thierry Fischer adds part-time gig with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra”
Deseret News: “Utah Symphony’s Thierry Fischer to be the principal guest conductor for the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra”
Musical America: “Seoul Phil Names New Conductors”
Broadway World: “Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Appoints Thierry Fischer as Principal Guest Conductor and Markus Stenz as Conductor-in-Residence”
Yonhap News Agency: “Two foreign conductors tapped for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra”
ResMusica: “Thierry Fischer Et Markus Stenz Nommés Au Philharmonique De Séoul“