A renowned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Asher 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. In 2014, Fisch became the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). His former posts include Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Opera (2007-2013), Music Director of the New Israeli Opera (1998-2008), and Music Director of the Wiener Volksoper (1995-2000).
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include debuts with the Sydney Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic, and a tour to China with WASO. In addition, Fisch returns to the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. Guest opera engagements include Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera, Die Zauberflöte at Teatro Regio di Torino, and five titles including La forza del destino and Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper where he has long maintained enduring ties.
Born in Israel, 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 the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and Semperoper Dresden. 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 the Orchestre National de France, among others.
Asher Fisch recently recorded the complete Brahms symphonies with WASO, released in September 2016 on ABC Classics. Last year, his 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. Fisch is also an accomplished pianist and has a solo disc of Wagner piano transcriptions on the Melba label ... read full bio