The Hungarian Iván Fischer is one of the most visionary and successful conductors of today. He has worked with many of the most renowned orchestras in the world and was the opera director for both the Opéra de Lyon and the Kent Opera in Great Britain. In 1983, Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in his home town, an ensemble for which he still serves as musical director. The partnership between Fischer and the orchestra has been one of the greatest success stories in the classical music world for the past 25 years. By leading the Konzerthausorchester, Iván Fischer stands before one of the most important orchestras in the city.
Iván Fischer studied piano, violin and violoncello in Budapest before studying conducting in Vienna under the famous Hans Swarowsky. After serving as assistant conductor to Nikolaus Harnoncourt for two-years, he launched his international career by winning the Rupert Foundation conducting competition in London. In 1983, Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in his home town, an ensemble for which he still serves as musical director. The partnership between Fischer and the orchestra has been one of the greatest success stories in the classical music world for the past 25 years. Iván Fischer implemented many changes and developed an intensive rehearsal method for the musicians. He especially emphasizes chamber music and the artistic growth of each individual orchestra member.
An intense artistic partnership also links him closely with the Vienna State Opera, leading to countless productions at opera houses in Zurich, London, Paris and Brussels. He regularly appears with renowned orchestras such as the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic.
In addition, he is also a successful composer and musician as well as founder of the Hungarian Gustav Hahler Society and head of the British Kodály Academy. He received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services to help international cultural relations. The French Government also named him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006, he was honored with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's most prestigious arts award. In addition, he is an honorary citizen of Budapest.
Starting in the 2012/13 season, Iván Fischer is the new Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.