l’Odyssée Frank martin


Thierry Fischer

Innovator of this project and artistic director of The Frank Martin Odyssey, Thierry Fischer invites the general public to share in an exceptional cultural and musical heritage with which he is intimately familiar and which he has continuously revived and promoted.

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The Frank Martin Odyssey was born in the heart and mind of Thierry Fischer. The internationally renowned conductor from Geneva is passionate about Frank Martin’s work, with which he is intimately familiar. For years, he has actively contributed to the promotion of Martin’s body of work both in Switzerland and abroad.

Thierry Fischer conducts orchestras around the world. Today, he is the artistic and musical director of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) in Brazil. As of the summer of 2022, he is also the musical director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCyL) in Spain. In addition, he has just concluded a fourteen-year tenure as the musical director of the Utah Symphony in the United States.

Born in Zambia, he grew up in Geneva and studied flute at the Geneva Conservatory before becoming Principal Flute with the Philharmonischen Staatsorchesters in Hamburg and the Opernhaus in Zurich, and later with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE).

In 1992, Thierry Fischer founded the Geneva Chamber Orchestra (Orchestre de Chambre de Genève), which he directed until 1997. He subsequently headed up the ballet orchestra of the De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, before being appointed principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra and later the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Fischer went on to become the first guest conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic, before being appointed chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic.

Thierry Fischer has conducted and recorded numerous works by Frank Martin with, amongst others, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra (OCG), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) and the Filharmonisch Orkest in Hilversum (the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra). For him, “the beauty of Frank Martin’s work can awaken the spirit of Geneva and make it resonate throughout our city” on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his death.

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