Dynamic initiative and diversity characterise the creative work of the world-renowned conductor Adam Fischer. He is the founder of two international festivals where he has found an artistic home: the Wagner Festival in Budapest under his direction and the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, which was founded in 1987. At the same time, Adam Fischer founded the Österreichisch-Ungarische Haydn Philharmonie and retains close links with the orchestra as their Honorary Conductor until today.
Adam Fischer‘s most recent project for the forthcoming seasons is to dedicate himself to the complete works of Gustav Mahler which he will perform in concert and record live on CD together with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker whose Principal Conductor he has been since 2015. He is also Artistic Consultant to the Tonhalle concert hall in Düsseldorf where he has initiated a human rights award which will be presented every year at a specially organised human rights concert.
Adam Fischer has a close relationship with the Danish Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen, whose Principal Conductor he has been since 1998.
With an extremely wide repertoire of German and Italian opera, Adam Fischer has appeared for more than thirty years at all the leading opera houses worldwide. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has conducted several new productions and as many as 26 different operas. A guest at the Bayreuth Festival for many years, he was elected Conductor of the Year by the German magazine Opernwelt in 2002 for his performances of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ cycle.
In the concert hall, Adam Fischer regularly appears on the podium with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and in collaboration with all the leading orchestras worldwide.
After studying composition and conducting in his home town Budapest and in Vienna with the legendary Hans Swarowsky, Adam Fischer first took up engagements as a répétiteur and Kapellmeister which led him to Graz, Helsinki, Karlsruhe and Munich. He was General Music Director in Freiburg (1981-1983), Kassel (1987-1992) and Mannheim (2000-2005) before returning to his native Budapest as Artistic Director of the Budapest Opera (2007-2010).
Adam Fischer is an Honorary Member of the Musikverein für Steiermark in Graz. He is a recipient of the ‘Order of Dannebrog’ which was given to him by the Queen of Denmark and has been awarded the honorary title of professor by the Austrian Federal President.