Iván Fischer has been appointed to an important position at the European Union Youth Orchestra
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Iván Fischer has been appointed to an important position at the European Union Youth Orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra has announced that Iván Fischer will become the orchestra’s new Music Director, with immediate effect.

Fischer will continue to serve as Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Honorary Guest Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Executive Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

As music director, Fischer will be a guest at the Orchestra’s home and annual summer residence in Grafenegg in August 2024, followed by a concert tour to New York as part of the WOW! festival at Carnegie Hall and at the Orchestra’s annual concerts in Bolzano as part of the Bolzano Festival Bozen.

In his role, Fischer will be responsible for planning the orchestra’s auditions, artistic training and performances, working with the EUYO’s executive and artistic director.

Fischer’s appointment comes at the end of a ten-year term for the current EUYO Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, during which he oversaw an ever-increasing level of standards and performance for the Orchestra.

In a statement, Fischer said: “I trust the new generation to change the world. The first step is to apply to the EUYO. We will start the rest in August.”