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:Asher Fisch

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A seasoned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Asher Fisch is especially celebrated for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era, in particular Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, and Verdi. Mr. Fisch also conducts a wide variety of other repertoire from Gluck to contemporary works, and serves as an advocate of living composers such as Avner Dorman and others. In 2014, Mr. Fisch became the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). His former posts include Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Opera (2007-2013), where he concluded his tenure conducting the Opera's quadrennial Wagner Ring Cycle in summer 2013, Music Director of the New Israeli Opera (1998-2008), and the Wiener Volksoper (1995-2000).

In the 2014-15 season, Asher Fisch guest conducts with the Atlanta, Boston, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, the National Orchestral Institute, and Düsseldorf Symphoniker. He returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to conduct Verdi's Il trovatore in David McVicar's production, and Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at Staatsoper Hamburg. Mr. Fisch has long maintained strong and deep ties to the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich) and this season conducts six titles including Verdi's La forza del destino, Falstaff, and Don Carlo, Puccini's Tosca, Donezetti's L'elisir d'amore, and Strauss's Elektra.

With WASO, Mr. Fisch will conduct a range of classical and contemporary repertoire in its 2015 season, including the world premiere of James Ledger's Concerto for Orchestra, and several of Brahm's concertos and symphonies over the course of two weekends as part of WASO's Brahms Festival in August 2015. For his first WASO season, Mr. Fisch began his tenure with a Mozart-Strauss-Wagner program, in which he was also the soloist, performing Mozart Piano Concerto K.466 (garnering a 2014 Helpmann nomination for Best Symphony Orchestra Concert), and which culminated in a complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle in August 2014.

Born in Israel, Mr. Fisch began his conducting career as Daniel Barenboim’s assistant and kappellmeister at the Berlin Staatsoper. He made his United States debut at the Los Angeles Opera in 1995, and has since conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera. A regular guest at leading European opera houses, Mr. Fisch has conducted all the major German and Austrian opera houses including Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Leipzig, Vienna, Milan's Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House, and Covent Garden.

Among North American symphony orchestras, Mr. Fisch has conducted those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, St. Louis, Montreal, Toronto, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. In Europe he has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France, among others. Australia was first introduced to Mr. Fisch through his appearance conducting the State Opera of South Australia's Wagner Ring Cycle in 2005 in Adelaide, which won ten Helpmann Awards, Australian's premiere music prize, including best opera and best music direction. A live recording of this production was subsequently released to rave reviews.

Mr. Fisch is also an accomplished pianist and released his first solo disc of Wagner piano transcriptions in 2012 on the Melba label. He often play-conducts, and frequently participates in chamber music and vocal recitals.

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