Martin Fischer-Dieskau




In 1974 he started his career leading a production of Haydn's "Il mondo della luna" in his native Berlin at the age of nineteen. He thereafter studied violin, piano and conducting at the "Universität der Künste" Berlin as well as Italian Literature and Musicology at the "Freie Universität" Berlin (PhD). He was the German Music Council's top prize winner twice in 1976 and 1977 which led to some first invitations to leading orchestras in Germany and brought him into contact with Seiji Ozawa who invited him as a recipient of the much sought after Leonard Bernstein fellowship program in Tanglewood, USA in 1978 and again in 1988. Back in 1978 it was Antal Doráti who engaged him as Assistant Conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and advised him to return to Europe after two seasons in order to follow the steps of so many illustrious conductors of the past: becoming a repetiteur and "Kapellmeister" in various opera houses. His positions included Augsburg, Aachen, Hagen and finally Stuttgart and Bern, where he served as Principal Conductor from 1990 till 1994 conducting a wide range of Contemporary, Russian and Italian repertoire. He also led productions at the "San Carlo" in Naples and the "Regio" in Torino and became a frequent guest at international festivals such as the Helsinki, Granada and Berlin Festivals.

Meanwhile his work on the concert platform had established Martin Fischer-Dieskau as a conductor of all important British orchestras; he was invited to Japan's NHK as well as to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Worldwide the number of orchestras he has conducted is approaching 100.

biografie   MARTIN FISCHER-DIESKAU As Principal Conductor of the Canadian KW Symphony from 2000 to 2004 he was able to make important contributions for the augmentation of the standard repertoire and opened the concert hall to new audiences. With the KW Symphony he also inaugurated the first German-Canadian Festival in Toronto in 2002.

Martin Fischer-Dieskau records for the Marco Polo and BIS labels, holds a professorship with the "Hochschule der Künste" in Bremen and established his own television series introducing young musicians for the German "ARD" TV channel.

In 2005 he was first introduced to Taiwan's classical music scene conducting and lecturing at the NTNU University in Taipei, later resuling in a concert engagement with the Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.in 2006. That same year he helped inaugurate the first season of the newly created Boca Raton Symphonia in Florida and was immediately invited for a return visit which attracted more than 15.000 spectators in an open-air concert event. The following seasons brought him back to Israel, France, the Netherlands and the United States.

In 2007 the musicians of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra elected him as their principal conductor for the 2008/09 season during which he presented 7 exquisitly programmed concerts with music ranging from Rameau to Glière, Blacher and the foremost contemporary composers of Taiwan today. He also conducted a fully staged double bill opera night with works by Puccini and Wolf-Ferrari to great international critical acclaim.

One of the upcoming highlights in Martin Fischer-Dieskau's schedule was an extended tour of the Netherlands with the Holland Symfonia as well as return visits to Finland and the Czech Republic in 2010.

Martin Fischer-Dieskau begins the year 2011 with a series of 9 concerts at the helm of the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO)in 8 different Dutch cities to great critical and public acclaim.

In 2013 Martin Fischer-Dieskau presented a highly acclaimed new production of „Magic Flute“ at the ‘Teatre Principal’ de Palma de Mallorca. In October he will conduct the Brucknerorchester Linz followed by a tour with the German Radio Orchestra in various Chinese cities featuring Wagner/Verdi.

2015/16 brings Martin in contact with new orchestras in China and Romania, where Beethoven's Ninth opens the season in Iasi. He leads a tour through German cities with the German Radio orchestra and conducts a Glazunov/Chaikovski program with the Brandenburg Symphony in Potsdam's Nikolaisaal. In March 2016 his contribution to the 50-year existence of German-Israeli diplomacy is a performance of Friedrich Gernsheim's symphony no. 3 in c-minor in Raanana, Israel.


Sergei Prokofieff Symphony no.1, op.25, "Classical"

Overture la Gazza Ladra Rossini

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Wagner: Ring (excerpts)



"Winterstürme..." mit Peter Seiffert

TV Interview


March 17 & 19 2016

Martin Fischer-Dieskau conducts lesser known German-Jewish composers of the Nineteenth Century with the Ra'anana Symfoniette Orchestra Israel

24. Januar 2016, Nikolaisaal Potsdam

Martin Fischer-Dieskau dirigiert Glasunow und Tschaikowski bei den Brandenburger Symphonikern

Brandenburger Theater


Nicolaisaal Potsdam

September/Oktober 2015


Stadttheater Amberg

Fischer-Dieskau und Menuhin in Regensburg

Broschüre Kulturleben 2015


Dezember/Januar 14/15

CHINA TOURNEE mit dem Deutschen Radio Orchester




November 6/7, 2014

Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Fischer-Dieskau, conductor

Brahms piano concerto No. 1, Jeremy Menuhin, piano

Brahms Alto Rhapsody

Strauss "Tod und Verklärung"



JANUARY 1, 2014

Concert du nouvel An
Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier



October 30, 2013

Brucknerorchester Linz



April 2013
"Zauberflöte", new production

Palma Palma 2


January 17, 18, 2013
Bucharest Philharmonic Georges Enescu: Prokofjew CLASSICA, Bartòk 3rd piano concerto, Poulenc STABAT MATER.



September 11, 2012,  September 13, 2012

Montreux, Auditorium Stravinsky
2 concerts with the finalists of the

The 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians
Prokofjew, Elgar, Dvorak, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Tchaikowsky



Bruckner wird immer zum Ereignis, wenn man ein gutes, großes Orchester hat und den passenden Dirigenten dazu. Wir hatten beide. Dirigent und Orchester schenkten dem Publikum eine grandiose 4. Bruckner-Sinfonie in der Originalfassung, die selten gespielt wird und im Klangbild erheblich vom Gewohnten abweicht.

Fischer-Dieskau begann langsam, holte nach und nach alle Instrumentengruppen ins Spiel, steigerte merklich, erhöhte seine Schlagkraft und damit die Kraft des Orchesters und führte es in jedem Satz zum Fortissimo. Er dirigierte frei, er hat die Themen und Motive, die Pausen und Tempi, also die gesamte Partitur im Kopf und legte sie sehr frei und subjektiv aus. So konnte er sich ganz auf das Orchester konzentrieren und es zur Hochform führen. Er vermied Ausschweifungen, romantische Schwärmerei oder Tragik fanden nicht statt. Wenn man sich auf all das einlässt - und wir tun das - dann erlebt man etwas Außerordentliches.

Die musikalische Palette des Orchesters ist reich an diesem Abend. Lyrische Passagen, wunderbar gespielt von den Streichern und Holzbläsern, werden abgelöst von majestätischen oder wilden Blechbläsermelodien. Das ganze Orchester spielt technisch auf einer vollkommenen Höhe.

© OVZ-Online, 21.05.2012


Finland: Jyväskylä Sinfonia & Martin Fischer-Dieskau
"In advance, the expectations towards the evening's concert were high: in the programme, there were the names of a widely known soloist and a widely reputed conductor whose last visit one year ago in Jyväskylä left a positive impression. Therefore, it was not a surprise that the lobby of the city theatre was full of cheerful buzz of conversation and happy spirits before the concert’s beginning on Wednesday evening. The soul and beautiful, deep and impressive tones of Russian music were reached when the conductor Martin Fischer-Dieskau got off the ground in his interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition Suite [...]
[...] The Pictures at an Exhibition Suite, this time in Giuseppe Becce's orchestration, which is practically never played in the concert halls, changed the concertös entity which was a welcome enhancement to the concert’s drama curve. The special acknowledgements go to the percussions and brass section whose praiseworthy contribution and energy deepened the interpretation ever more. Inspired by the evening I play now Mussorgsky even on my laptop."
Elina Lillstrang, Keskisuomalainen Newspaper


Strasbourg: Concert OPS Benfeld
OPS Strasbourg


With powerful accents, agitated rhythms and broadly spun out lines Fischer-Dieskau achieved much drama and stirring expression. […] Fischer-Dieskau vigorously stoked up a fire in the orchestra. Winand van de Kamp, Haarlems Dagblad

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