Utah Symphony announced today the extension of Thierry Fischer’s contract as Music Director until summer 2022, 11 years since he first took up the position.
During the first six years of his tenure thus far, highlights have included: the orchestra’s first concert at Carnegie Hall in 40 years, CD recordings of Mahler and contemporary repertoire on Reference Records; a deal with Hyperion for the complete Saint-Saens Symphonies going foward; a ground-breaking tour of Utah’s national parks followed by an award-winning documentary; and just last month an outreach initiative in Haiti (the first of its kind).
A hallmark of Fischer’s tenure has been the performance of complete symphonic cycles including Beethoven (2011/12), Mendelssohn (2012/13), and Nielsen (2013/14). In 2014/15, Fischer began a two-season Mahler symphony cycle in honour of the Utah Symphony’s former music director Maurice Abravanel, under whose baton the orchestra recorded the first complete cycle by an American orchestra of all nine Mahler symphonies. He has also programmed a multi-season exploration of the works of Stravinsky, which included Fischer’s Utah Opera debut conducting The Rake’s Progress, and during the 2016/17 season three full composer cycles featuring all five Beethoven piano concertos, all four Brahms symphonies, and all four Ives symphonies. Under Fischer’s guidance, the Utah Symphony has developed a commissioning programme of contemporary works, including works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Augusta Read Thomas, Simon Holt and Michael Jarrell.
In addition to extending his contract with the Utah Symphony, Fischer remains Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he began his tenure in March 2017.