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Salt Lake Tribune – Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony’s music director since 2009, will step down in 2022


Thierry Fischer, who as conductor and music director of the Utah Symphony is credited with revitalizing the state’s biggest classical music organization, will be leaving that job when his contract is up in August 2022, the symphony announced Thursday.

“I feel that the time will be ripe then for me to explore new musical horizons and for the orchestra to embrace a new vision that continues the extraordinary growth we have already achieved,” the 61-year-old Fischer said in a news release.

The Swiss-born Fischer will assume the title Music Director Emeritus, and will return to conduct the symphony from time to time, the statement said.

When Fischer was hired in 2009, after an appearance as guest conductor in October 2007, he said he planned to be “a normal Salt Lake City citizen,” and that it was the warmth of the locals, including the symphony’s musicians, that attracted him to the job.

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