Martin Fischer-Dieskau

Martin Fischer-Dieskau

In 1974 he started his career leading a production of Haydn’s “Il mondo della luna” in his native Berlin at the age of nineteen. He thereafter studied violin, piano and conducting at the “Universität der Künste” Berlin as well as Italian Literature and Musicology at the “Freie Universität” Berlin. He was the German Music Council’s top prize winner twice in 1976 and 1977 which led to some first invitations to leading orchestras in Germany and brought him into contact with Seiji Ozawa who invited him as a recipient of the much sought after Leonard Bernstein fellowship program in Tanglewood, USA in 1978 and again in 1988. Back in 1978 it was Antal Doráti who engaged him as Assistant Conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and advised him to return to Europe after two seasons in order to follow the steps of so many illustrious conductors of the past: becoming a repetiteur and “Kapellmeister” in various opera houses. His positions included Augsburg, Aachen, Hagen and finally Stuttgart and Bern, where he served as Principal Conductor from 1990 till 1994 conducting a wide range of Contemporary, Russian and Italian repertoire. He also led productions at the “San Carlo” in Naples and the “Regio” in Torino and became a frequent guest at international festivals such as the Helsinki, Granada and Berlin Festivals.

Meanwhile his work on the concert platform had established Martin Fischer-Dieskau as a conductor of all important British orchestras; he was invited to Japan’s NHK as well as to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Worldwide the number of orchestras he has conducted is approaching 100.

As Principal Conductor of the Canadian KW Symphony from 2000 to 2004 he was able to make important contributions for the augmentation of the standard repertoire and opened the concert hall to new audiences. With the KW Symphony he also inaugurated the first German-Canadian Festival in Toronto in 2002.

Martin Fischer-Dieskau records for the Marco Polo and BIS labels, holds a professorship with the “Hochschule der Künste” in Bremen and established his own television series introducing young musicians for the German “ARD” TV channel.

In 2005 he was first introduced to Taiwan’s classical music scene conducting and lecturing at the NTNU University in Taipei, later resuling in a concert engagement with the Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.in 2006. That same year he helped inaugurate the first season of the newly created Boca Raton Symphonia in Florida and was immediately invited for a return visit which attracted more than 15.000 spectators in an open-air concert event. The following seasons brought him back to Israel, France, the Netherlands and the United States.

In 2007 the musicians of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra elected him as their principal conductor for the 2008/09 season during which he presented 7 exquisitly programmed concerts with music ranging from Rameau to Glière, Blacher and the foremost contemporary composers of Taiwan today. He also conducted a fully staged double bill opera night with works by Puccini and Wolf-Ferrari to great international critical acclaim.

One of the upcoming highlights in Martin Fischer-Dieskau’s schedule was an extended tour of the Netherlands with the Holland Symfonia as well as return visits to Finland and the Czech Republic in 2010.

Martin Fischer-Dieskau begins the year 2011 with a series of 9 concerts at the helm of the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO)in 8 different Dutch cities to great critical and public acclaim.

In 2013 Martin Fischer-Dieskau presented a highly acclaimed new production of “Magic Flute” at the “Teatre Principal” de Palma de Mallorca. In October he will conduct the Brucknerorchester Linz followed by a tour with the German Radio Orchestra in various Chinese cities featuring Wagner/Verdi. In 2014 he is invited to lead a new “La Traviata” at the Opéra National de Montpellier.

For more information see www.martinfischer-dieskau.com


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