Simon Fischer

Simon Fischer is considered to be one of the pre-eminent musicians of our time, enjoying a distinguished and wide-ranging career as a performer, educator, and recording artist.

As a recitalist, he has performed in the UK, the USA, Europe, and Australia, at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. Alongside standard repertoire, he delights audiences by performing his own transcriptions of famous works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss, Rossini, and Purcell. For many years, Simon Fischer has played duo recitals with his father, the pianist Raymond Fischer. Amongst UK and foreign touring projects, they have recently played the three Brahms Sonatas in a live broadcast from Sydney, Australia. These sonatas have also been recorded on CD, receiving high praise in Gramophone magazine.

Simon Fischer has frequently played as soloist or concertmaster/soloist with major orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, and the Ulster Orchestra, working with celebrated conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, and André Previn. As a chamber musician, he was leader of the Chamber Group of Scotland, with whom he gave many broadcasts and concerts of contemporary music, and he worked closely with composers such as Sally Beamish and James MacMillan. He has directed the European Union Chamber Orchestra on several tours, including to Korea, China, and Ireland.

Mr. Fischer is recognized as having a place amongst the world’s elite teachers. He is a professor at the Guildhall and Yehudi Menuhin Schools, has held positions at two other specialist music schools, Wells Cathedral and the Purcell, and for fifteen years was a visiting professor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. Having studied in London with Yfrah Neaman, and in New York with Dorothy DeLay, Fischer’s approach unites the best elements of the French, Russian, and American violin traditions.

Fischer’s published work greatly influences the teaching of the violin. Having written for The Strad magazine since 1991, his monthly articles have attracted a worldwide following. Published by Edition Peters, his technique books Basics and Practice (translated into Korean, Italian and German), Scales, and The Violin Lesson, and the DVD The Secrets of Tone Production have become standards on many continents. His book and DVD Warming Up, was described by The Strad magazine as “23 pages of pure technical gold." In 2014, Simon Fischer was awarded the European String Teachers Association prize “In celebration of a lifetime contribution to String Teaching."

In conjunction with his playing engagements, he frequently presents master classes, supervises workshops, and leads residencies. Recent residencies have taken place in the USA, Holland, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Hong Kong, Germany, and Australia. Simon Fischer plays a violin by Peter Guarnerius of Venice from c. 1732.