For health reasons, Mikko Franck will no longer be able to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker concerts on 26, 27 and 28 September. Fortunately, Iván Fischer has agreed to take over the musical direction at short notice. The concert programme remains unchanged.
The Hungarian conductor is best known to Berlin audiences from his work with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, whose chief conductor he was from 2012 to 2018 and who appointed him honorary conductor. Iván Fischer’s international career, which began in 1976 with the Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition in London, has taken him to the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as twice a year to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Since 1989, he has also regularly performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, most recently in December 2018 conducting works by Dvořák, Wolf and Schubert.
Iván Fischer, currently music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, has launched several festivals, including the Budapest Mahler Festival, and is the founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and patron of the British Kodály Academy.