IVAN FISCHER

Artistic Director

IVAN FISCHER

Artistic Director

Iván Fis­ch­er is the founder and Music Direc­tor of the Budapest Fes­ti­val Orches­tra since 1983. He is the Hon­orary Con­duc­tor of Berlin’s Konz­erthaus and Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester. From 2018 he will be the Artis­tic Direc­tor of the Vicen­za Opera Fes­ti­val. In recent years he has also gained rep­u­ta­tion as a com­pos­er, with his works being per­formed in the Unit­ed States, the Nether­lands, Bel­gium, Hun­gary, Ger­many and Aus­tria.
Iván Fis­ch­er has con­duct­ed operas in the Staat­sop­er Vien­na, in the Roy­al Opera House in Lon­don, in the Opera de Paris, and in opera hous­es in Zürich, Ams­ter­dam, Stock­holm, Brus­sels, Berlin, Budapest. He was Music Direc­tor of Kent Opera and the Opera Nation­al de Lyon.  Since 2013 he  works exclu­sive­ly with the Iván Fis­ch­er Opera Com­pa­ny, with whom he has direct­ed a num­ber of suc­cess­ful “staged con­certs”. These pro­duc­tions have been per­formed in Budapest, New York, Berlin, Ams­ter­dam, Lon­don, Bruges and in the Abu Dhabi and Edin­burgh Fes­ti­vals.
He stud­ied piano, vio­lin, and lat­er the cel­lo and com­po­si­tion in Budapest, before con­tin­u­ing his edu­ca­tion in Vien­na and Salzburg where he stud­ied con­duct­ing under Hans Swarowsky and Niko­laus Harnon­court.
Between 2007 and 2010 Iván Fis­ch­er was Prin­ci­pal Con­duc­tor of the Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Wash­ing­ton DC. From 2012 to 2018 he was Music Direc­tor of the Konz­erthaus Berlin. The Berlin Phil­har­mon­ic has played more than ten times under Fischer’s baton, and he also spends two weeks every year with Amsterdam’s Roy­al Con­cert­ge­bouw Orches­tra. He is also a fre­quent guest of the lead­ing US sym­pho­ny orches­tras, includ­ing the New York Phil­har­mon­ic and the Cleve­land Orches­tra. The Budapest Fes­ti­val Orches­tra’s fre­quent world­wide tours, and a series of crit­i­cal­ly-acclaimed records which have been award­ed pres­ti­gious inter­na­tion­al prizes, released first by Philips Clas­sics and lat­er by Chan­nel Clas­sics, have con­tributed to Iván Fischer’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s most vision­ary music direc­tors.
Iván Fis­ch­er is a founder of the Hun­gar­i­an Mahler Soci­ety and Patron of the British Kodá­ly Acad­e­my. He has received the Gold­en Medal Award from the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Hun­gary, and the Crys­tal Award from the World Eco­nom­ic Forum for his ser­vices in pro­mot­ing inter­na­tion­al cul­tur­al rela­tions. The gov­ern­ment of the French Repub­lic made him Cheva­lier des Arts et des Let­tres. In 2006 he was hon­ored with the Kos­suth Prize, Hungary’s most pres­ti­gious arts award. In 2011 he received the Roy­al Phil­har­mon­ic Soci­ety Music Award, Hungary’s Pri­ma Prim­is­si­ma Prize and the Dutch Ovatie Prize. In 2013 he was accord­ed Hon­orary Mem­ber­ship to the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Music in Lon­don. In 2015, he was pre­sent­ed with the Abu Dhabi Fes­ti­val Award for Life­time Achieve­ment, and in 2016 he won the Asso­ci­a­tion of Music Crit­ics of Argentina’s award for Best For­eign Con­duc­tor.

© 2018  Vicenza Opera Festival

© 2018  Vicenza Opera Festival