Austrian-born Elisabeth Fuchs is chief conductor of the Philharmonic Salzburg, with whom she performs a wide-ranging repertoire both in the Festspielhaus Salzburg and in the Felsenreitschule and in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov , Shostakovich, Ravel to Arvo Pärt, Kurt Schwertsik and John Adams). With her orchestra she has performed several times at the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Brucknerhaus Linz, Congress Center Villach, Kurhaus Wiesbaden and in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. The highlights of the 2019/20 season include Orffs Carmina Buranawho have favourited 1st & 5th Mahler, Elgars Enigma Variations, the 4th Bruckner, Schubert's Great C Major Symphony, Mozart's Last Symphonies, the 8th Dvorak, the 2nd Brahms and Berlioz´ Symphonie fantastique. In autumn 2018, Elisabeth Fuchs and the Salzburg Philharmonic Orchestra went on a China tour with Beethovens for the first time Pastoral as the main work.
Elisabeth Fuchs has been working regularly with the Stuttgart Philharmonic since 2012, and has conducted the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in the Lisinski Hall almost every season since 2014. In 2013 she made her debut with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and was invited again after her debut with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 and her debut with the Würth Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018. Elisabeth Fuchs performed and conducted at the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Rheingau Musik Festival Brucknerorchester Linz, the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. In 2018 she made her debut with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, the HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and the Münchner Symphoniker. In 2019 she recorded the CD “Volkslied reloaded” for Sony Music with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Quadro Nuevo.
Elisabeth Fuchs made her debut with the The Magic Flute, she conducted Shostakovich at the Salzburg Festival The new Babylon as well as the Mozart operas Bastien and Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektorthat were recorded on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon.
2017 debuted Elisabeth Fuchs in Israel at the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta. She also directed the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Sinfonieorchester Erfurt, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford and the Dortmunder Philharmoniker.
Elisabeth Fuchs loves to break musical boundaries, this led to special music & performance projects with Quadro Nuevo, Stjepan Hauser (2 cellos), David Orlofsky Trio, Klazz Brothers, Henry Threadgill, Dance & Acrobatic Urbanatix Bochum, the DJs Troy Savoy & Harvey Miller, Pacho Flores, Andreas Martin Hofmeir, Benjamin Schmid, Sergej Malov, Joszef Lendvai, Per Arne Glorvigen, Nikolai Tokarev, Rolando Villazón, Iris Berben, Maria Bill, Cornelius Obonya, Philipp Hochmair.
A major concern for her is the participatory teaching of music, which among other things leads to large choir projects with over 300 participants, as well as education projects for children, adolescents and students, for which Elisabeth Fuchs in 2007 Children's Festival Salzburg, Initiated the apprentice concerts in the Großer Festspielhaus in 2013 and the lecture "UV musicology interactive including concert experiences" for students in 2018. From 2009 to 2018 she was the artistic director of the Salzburg Cultural Association.
Elisabeth Fuchs studied orchestral conducting, choral conducting, oboe, school music and mathematics at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, at the Paris-Lodron University in Salzburg and at the Cologne University of Music. Musically influential people for her artistic career were Balduin Sulzer, Franz Welser-Möst, Herbert Böck, Karl Kamper and Dennis Russell Davies.
In 2005 Elisabeth Fuchs was awarded the Irma von Troll Borostyáni Prize for her outstanding achievements, in 2007 with the Federal Decoration of Honor from the Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture, in 2017 with the Salzburg Prize of the City of Salzburg's Culture Fund and in 2018 with the honor goblet of City of Salzburg excellent.
She lives with her two children in Salzburg.
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