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Principal Conductor


Israeli conductor Asher Fisch became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 2014.

Maestro Fisch is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Opera, where he conducted its quadrennial Wagner Ring Cycle in August 2013. His former posts include Music Director of the New Israeli Opera (1998-2008) and the Wiener Volksoper (1995-2000).

A seasoned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, and a frequent guest to great orchestras and renowned opera houses, Fisch’s appointment to WASO is his first chief artistic position with a symphony orchestra. Known best for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era, in particular Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, and Verdi, he also conducts a wide variety of other repertoire from Gluck to contemporary works, and serves as an advocate of such composers as Avner Dorman and others.

For his first WASO season, Fisch begins his tenure with a Mozart-Strauss-Wagner program, in which he is also the soloist, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20. The season’s varied programs include a range of contemporary and classical repertoire which culminate in a complete Beethoven symphony cycle in August 2014.

Fisch began his conducting career as Daniel Barenboim’s assistant and kappellmeister at the Berlin Staatsoper. After making his United States debut at the Los Angeles Opera in 1995, he has since conducted at the Metropolitan Opera (Rigoletto, Parsifal), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Now a regular guest at leading European opera houses, Fisch has conducted all the major German and Austrian opera houses including Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Leipzig, and Vienna; Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; Paris Opera; the Royal Opera House, and Covent Garden.

Among North American symphony orchestras, Fisch has conducted those of Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, St. Louis, Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. In Europe he appears regularly at the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and has also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France, among others. Fisch first worked with WASO in 1999. He conducted the State Opera of South Australia’s Wagner Ring Cycle in 2004 in Adelaide, which won ten Helpmann Awards, including best opera and best music direction. A live recording of this production was subsequently released to rave reviews.

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 also participates in chamber music and vocal recitals.

Asher Fisch’s tenure as Principal Conductor & Artistic Adviser
is from 2014 – 2016.

Asher Fisch's 2014 WASO performances

Asher Fisch Conducts & Plays Mozart
7 & 8 March
Perth Concert Hall

Rossini's Stabat Mater
6 & 7 June
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler 9
13 & 14 June
Perth Concert Hall

Schubert & Schumann
Morning Symphony
7 August
Perth Concert Hall

Schubert & Schumann
8 & 9 August
Perth Concert Hall

Beethoven's Fifth
15 August
Albany Entertainment Centre

Beethoven's Fifth
22 & 24 August
Perth Concert Hall

Beethoven's Eroica
23 August
Perth Concert Hall

Beethoven's Pastoral
29 August
Perth Concert Hall

Beethoven's Ninth
30 & 31 August
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.