Born in Upper Austria, Elisabeth Fuchs is chief conductor of the Salzburg Philharmonic.
She has worked together for many years with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also conducted the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Tonkünstler Orchestra Lower Austria, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Orchestra Recreation Graz, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the HR Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra.
Elisabeth Fuchs made her debut with the Magic Flute at the Prague State Opera, and at the Salzburg Festival she conducted Shostakovich's Das Neue Babylon as well as the Mozart operas Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor, which were recorded on DVD by the classic label Die deutsche Grammophon. Elisabeth Fuchs loves to experiment across musical borders, this led to special music & performance projects with Quadro Nuevo, Stjepan Hauser (2CELLOS), David Orlofsky Trio, Klazz Brothers, Henry Threadgill, Pacho Flores, Andreas Martin Hofmeir, Benjamin Schmid, Sergej Malov, Yury Revich, Alina Pogostkina, Daniel Müller-Schott, Per Arne Glorvigen, Nikolai Tokarev, Rolando Villazón, Evelyn Huber, Iris Berben, Maria Bill, Cornelius Obonya, Philipp Hochmair, Hans Sigl, Urbanatix or Salut Salon.
A major concern of hers is participatory music education, which leads, among other things, to large choral projects with the choir founded in 2019 with over 300 participants, as well as music education for children and young people. To this end, Elisabeth Fuchs founded the Salzburg Children’s Festival in 2007, established the apprentice concerts in the Great Festival Hall and in the Brucknerhaus Linz in 2013, launched the cross-genre competition Show Your Talent in 2021, initiated a recorder project for 2022 children in 6.000 and founded the Children’s and Youth Philharmonic Salzburg. From 2009 to 2018 she led the Salzburg Cultural Association, one of the largest concert organizers in Salzburg, as artistic director.
Elisabeth Fuchs studied orchestral conducting, choir conducting, oboe, school music and mathematics at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and at the Cologne University of Music.