“The Philharmonic Orchestra have rarely played so precisely, so clearly, so colourfully. Fawzi Haimor seemed to have made a huge impact in the sold out hall – thunderous applause.”Südwest Presse
Fawzi Haimor is Music Director of the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, starting from September 2017. He was elected and appointed to the position immediately following his impressive debut with the orchestra in December 2016. In his first season with the orchestra, Haimor will conduct the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in concerts in their home at the Stadthalle Reutlingen as well as in the region. He will also lead the orchestra at the Heidelberg Beethoven Night and on tour to Italy.
Fawzi Haimor has worked with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Oulu Sinfonia and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. In the US, Haimor conducted orchestras such as The Florida Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, New West Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic. He also made an acclaimed debut with the Grant Park Symphony in July 2017. Further afield, he collaborated with Qatar Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony and the New Zealand Symphony.
Upcoming guest appearances include a return to the Louisiana Philharmonic, and debuts with orchestras including Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.
Haimor’s broad repertoire includes a focus on the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed premieres by composers such as Mason Bates and Kareem Roustom. An eloquent and compelling speaker from the podium, he equally excels in outreach and education projects.
Haimor was born in Chicago in 1983 and educated in the Middle East and in San Francisco. He completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, and studied conducting under David Effron and Arthur Fagen. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University. He was previously Assistant Conductor at Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he was also the first Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Until 2015, he was Assistant Conductor and Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he led a variety of concerts including classical, pops and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he also served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
“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.”John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 13.07.2017
“Conductor Fawzi Haimor, expertly keeping this great orchestral locomotive on its minimalist tracks [...]”NZ Herald, William Dart, 10.10.2016
“[...] conductor Haimor, who had impressed all night, gave us Dvorak without frills, abetted by some excellent, highly responsive, playing from the orchestra.”Stuff.co.nz, John Button, 09.10.2016
“The orchestra gave us a performance to remember and conductor Fawzi Haimor provided a textbook exercise in how it should be done for any budding conductors in the audience. Not only did he do it from memory, but he knew every cue, nuance and tempo shift, and drew what I felt was a stunning performance from the orchestra.”Stuff.co.nz, Patrick Shepherd, 05.10.2016
“Haimor's captivating and vigorous approach seemed to inspire the players to some of the most enthusiastic if not provocative playing of the season.”Albuquerque Journal, D. S. Crafts, 08.05.2016
“The program began with Beethoven’s warlike “Coriolan Overture Op. 62” written for Heinrich Joseph van Collin’s 1804 play, Coriolan. Haimor displayed wonderful control over the orchestra, his arms dangling loose at his side during the dramatic silences in the theme. The orchestra displayed its newfound ensemble sound with moments of warmth and strength.”The Spectator, Lucas Phillips, 28.01.2016
“Resident conductor Fawzi Haimor rounded out his last season with the PSO with emotive yet controlled conducting. The Tchaikovsky, for all its ups and downs, built to a carefully orchestrated peak. During the Elgar, Mr. Haimor dwelled on the denouements precisely long enough to evoke emotion without risking melodrama. His Romantic acumen shone throughout the program.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Meredith Carroll, 03.08.2015
“Fawzi Haimor powers through a range of concerts such as classical, pops, education and outreach, with the self-effacing flair of a natural.”The Gulf Time, Anand Holla, 15.04.2015
“Maestro Haimor […] has very clear ideas and a full and balanced sound coming from a reactive and definitely not-timid orchestra. The performance of the 7th Symphony [Prokofiev] was emotional and the ensemble showed professionalism and cohesiveness in the lighter and in the darker sections of the piece.”Cultweek, Francesco Morelli, 17.03.2015
“Haimor has a polyhedral personality and is a conductor rich of talents.”Il Giornale, 09.03.2015
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