Elisabeth Fuchs, conductor
Austrian-born Elisabeth Fuchs is chief conductor of the Philharmonie Salzburg,
with which she performs a wide range of repertoire in the Festspielhaus Salzburg as well as in the Felsenreitschule and in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Dvorak, Tschaikowsky, Rachmaninow, Shostakovich, Ravel to Arvo Pärt, Kurt Schwertsik and John Adams). With her orchestra she has made several guest appearances at the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Brucknerhaus Linz, Congress Center Villach, Kurhaus Wiesbaden and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. The highlights of the 2019/20 season include Orff's Carmina Burana, the 1st & 5th Mahler, Elgar's Enigma Variations, the 4th Bruckner, Schubert's Great CD 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 went on a tour of China for the first time with Beethoven's Pastorale as their 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 as after her debut with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. Elisabeth Fuchs performed in the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Rheingau Musik Festival and conducted the Brucknerorchester Linz, the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. In 2018 she made her debut with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 she recorded the CD “Volkslied reloaded” for Sony Music with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Quadro Nuevo.
At the Prague State Opera, Elisabeth Fuchs made her debut with the Magic Flute, at the Salzburg Festival she conducted Shostakovich's Das neue Babylon as well as the Mozart operas Bastien and Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor, which 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, Per Arne Glorvigen, Nikolai Tokarev, Rolando Villazón, Iris Berben, Maria Bill,
Cornelius Obonya, Philipp Hochmair.
A big concern for her is the participatory music education, which leads to large choir projects with 300 contributors, education projects for children, adolescents and students, for which Elisabeth Fuchs in the year 2007 the children's festival Salzburg, 2013 the apprentice concerts in the big festival house and 2018 for students the lecture "UV Musicology interactive including concert experiences" initiated. From 2009 to 2018 she was the Artistic Director of the Salzburger Kulturvereinigung.
Elisabeth Fuchs studied orchestral conducting, choir conducting, oboe, school music and mathematics at the Mozarteum Salzburg University, at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg and at the Cologne Conservatory. Musically influential people for their artistic career were Balduin Sulzer, Franz Welser-Möst, Herbert Böck, Karl Kamper and Dennis Russell Davies. 2005 became Elisabeth Fuchs for her outstanding achievements with the Irma von Troll Borostyáni Prize, 2007 with the Federal Decoration of Honor of the Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, 2017 with the Salzburg Prize of the Cultural Fund of the City of Salzburg and 2018 with the Honorary Cup of the City of Salzburg awarded.
She lives with her two children in Salzburg.