Fischer will depart Utah Symphony in 2022

Thu May 23, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Thierry Fischer announced Thursday that he will step down as music director of the Utah Symphony at the end of the 2021-22 season. At that time the Swiss-born conductor will have led the ensemble for 13 years.

“I am deeply grateful for the rich musical partnership I have enjoyed with the members of this outstanding orchestra, and for the experiences we’ve shared as musical ambassadors to the people of Utah,” said Fischer in a statement released by the symphony. “My journey with the Utah Symphony has been remarkably fulfilling, and I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together, whether in concert at Abravanel Hall, on recording, or on tour across the beautiful state of Utah and to Carnegie Hall.

“Though this musical journey is far from over, with additional projects planned for seasons to come, I have decided to step down as Music Director upon the conclusion of my current contract in August 2022. I feel that the time will be ripe then for me to explore new musical horizons and for the orchestra to embrace a new vision that continues the extraordinary growth we have already achieved.”

“Thierry has been the driving force behind the incredible artistic growth of this orchestra,” said Paul Meecham, President and CEO of Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. “Under his leadership the orchestra has risen to be truly exceptional and has become well known among prominent guest artists and conductors for its excellence and professionalism. Thierry has built a legacy here that will continue to benefit us for years to come.”

In September 2022, Fischer will assume the title of Music Director Emeritus, and will return regularly to continue to lead concerts with the orchestra.

Fischer will direct the Utah Symphony’s final concerts of the season this week featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 beginning Friday night.

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