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Fawzi Haimor

Biography – about the artist.

Fawzi Haimor has been General Music Director of the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen from September 2017 until the end of 2020. The Orchestra celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020, opening this special year with Beethoven's 9th Symphony and a world premiere by Kareem Roustom before the other celebration programmes fell victim to pandemic restrictions. Fawzi Haimor's official farewell to the orchestra takes place in summer 2022 with Mahler's 3rd Symphony and record a CD with works by Reza Vali.

Highlights of the 2022/23 season include concerts with The Florida Orchestra with works by Cerdenia, Marsalis, Ellington und Gershwin and his debut with Utah Symphony Orchestra with Strawinskys „Feuervogel“ (1919) and Orffs „Carmina burana“.

Fawzi Haimor has conducted many orchestras including the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the Oulu Sinfonia and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. In the US, he has worked with The Florida Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony and the New Mexico Philharmonic, among others. In July 2017, he made his acclaimed debut at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. He has also conducted the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In May 2018, he made his debut at London's Barbican Centre conducting the Chineke! Orchestra as part of the Max Richter Weekend.

Highlights of recent years have included his debut at the Musikverein Vienna with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, as well as his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (including Prokofiev's 7th Symphony), a tour with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and The King's Singers, a re-invitation to the Chineke! Orchestra (including a concert at the Southbank Centre London) and concerts with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Important upcoming projects are his debut with Utah Symphony conducting Orff’s “Carmina burana” as well as returning to The Florida Orchestra.

Fawzi Haimor has a wide-ranging repertoire with a focus on late German Romanticism and 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers. He is also a dedicated interpreter of contemporary music and has premiered works by Mason Bates, Kareem Roustom and other composers.

Fawzi Haimor was born in Chicago and grew up in the Middle East and San Francisco. Until 2015, he was Assistant Conductor and Resident Conductor at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Previously, he was Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. During this time, he founded the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and served as its first music director. Together with his wife and four children he lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

SEASON 2022/2023


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„Haimor chose impressive tempos, accentuating the almost hurdy-gurdy orchestral character of the opening Toccata and matching the soloist's vivid interpretation of the great contrasts in this four-movement work.“

The Otago Daily Times, Elizabeth Bouman, 28.06.2019

„Haydn’s music is deceptively challenging to pull off and overall Haimor showed a gracious, idiomatic touch with fine transparency and dynamics surely marked. The slow introduction to the opening movement had ample breadth and weight, dovetailing neatly into a vital, amiable Allegro. In the vivacious finale Haimor and the players delivered Haydn’s music with a winning blend of musical wit and infectious energy.“

Chicago Classical Review, Lawrence A. Johnson, 13.07.2017

„Haimor and the orchestra did a bang-up job with it [Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis], bringing out the music’s rollicking high spirits while giving the first-chair players a chance to shine in the many demanding solos that pepper the score. Keeping counterpoints clear within the bustling neo-baroque textures is always a tricky business, but Haimor did so well.“

Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, 13.07.2017