Deseret News – Utah Symphony’s Thierry Fischer to step down as music director after 2021-22 season


SALT LAKE CITY — Just a day before conducting the Utah Symphony’s season finale, music director Thierry Fischer has announced another finale of sorts: His plan to step down at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Fischer announced Thursday he will conclude his tenure with the Utah Symphony in August 2022, according to a news release. At that time, the Swiss conductor will have led the orchestra as music director for 13 years.

“I am deeply grateful for the rich musical partnership I have enjoyed with the members of this outstanding orchestra, and for the experiences we’ve shared as musical ambassadors to the people of Utah,” Fischer said in a news release. “My journey with the Utah Symphony has been remarkably fulfilling, and I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together, whether in concert at Abravanel Hall, on recording, or on tour across the beautiful state of Utah and to Carnegie Hall.”

Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony and Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on Feb. 20, 2016, as they perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the O.C. Tanner Gift of Music. The symphony announced on Thursday that Fischer will step down as music director at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

In September 2022, Fischer will assume the title of Music Director Emeritus, continuing his musical relationship with the orchestra through regular return engagements, according to the news release.