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Principal Conductor

ASHER FISCH

Asher Fisch took up the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 2014. In 2015 he extended his initial three-year contract through to the end of the 2019 season. His former posts include Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Opera (2007-2013), Music Director of the New Israeli Opera (1998-2008), and the Wiener Volksoper (1995-2000).

A renowned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Mr. Fisch is especially celebrated for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era. He conducts a wide variety of repertoire from Gluck to contemporary works by living composers.

Mr. Fisch has long maintained enduring ties to the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich) and in the 2015-16 season conducts five titles including Werther and Manon Lescaut. He also returns to the Teatro Regio di Torino to conduct Carmen. Guest symphony orchestra engagements this season include the Staatskapelle

Dresden, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Melbourne Symphony, Nashville Symphony (debut), Milwaukee Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra.

Born in Israel, Mr. Fisch began his conducting career as Daniel Barenboim’s assistant and kappellmeister at the Berlin Staatsoper. He has built his versatile repertoire at the major opera houses such as Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, and Semperoper Dresden. Mr. Fisch is also a regular guest conductor at leading American symphony orchestras including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia. In Europe he has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France, among others.

In 2015 Mr. Fisch's 2013 recording of Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Seattle Opera was released on the Avie label. His first Ring Cycle recording, with the State Opera of South Australia, won ten Helpmann Awards, including best opera and best music direction. Mr. Fisch is also an accomplished pianist and released his first solo disc of Wagner piano transcriptions in 2012.

Asher Fisch’s tenure as Principal Conductor & Artistic Adviser
is from 2014 – 2019.

Asher Fisch's 2016 WASO performances
 

Asher Fisch Conducts Strauss - Zarathustra
18 & 19 March
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Bach's St John Passion
23 March
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Resurrection
1 & 2 April
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Mozart & Bartok
18 August
Perth Concert Hall
Morning Symphony

Asher Fisch Conducts Schubert & Bartok
19 & 20 August
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch & WASO: Baiba Skride Plays Mozart
26 & 27 August
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Mozart's Requiem
2 & 3 September
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch & WASO: Tour De Force
29 September
Perth Concert Hall
Morning Symphony

Asher Fisch & WASO: Tour De Force
30 September & 1 October
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Symphonie Fantastique
17 November
Perth Concert Hall
Morning Symphony

Asher Fisch Conducts Symphonie Fantastique
18 & 19 November
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch & WASO: Stuart Skelton Sings Wagner
25 & 26 November
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

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Next Performance: 2 June

Tchaikovsky's Pathetique