Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer, photo courtesy of the Budapest Festival Orchestra

Conductor Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983 and has appeared with them in important concert series and festivals throughout the world. He also appears regularly as guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is the former Principal Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.

There are a number of myths surrounding the enjoyment and understanding of classical music. From his position, standing on podiums around the world, conductor Ivan Fischer has a keen perspective on classical access.

The music heard here: Dvorak Legends No. 5 (Philips 464 647).

Conductor Ivan Fischer holds several important titles: Founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Former Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and...."Myth Buster."

Ivan Fischer's recordings are highly regarded, and his recent Mahler Symphony recordings have the received the music industry's highest honors. See his complete discography at www.arkivmusic.com.


When they hold auditions for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, they are looking for the most creative and technically proficient musicians in the world, but Music Director and orchestra cofounder, Ivan Fischer says those aren't the only qualities they're looking for when they hold auditions.

The music heard here: Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 7 (Philips 462 589 and Hungaroton SLPD HCD 12571).

Conductor Ivan Fischer is the Music Director and cofounder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. To learn more about the orchestra and its musicians, from all "backgrounds," visit their website: www.bfz.hu/zenekar/bfz_zkar_elso_en.php.

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