Austin Fisher began this past season as a first-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony. In September 2015, he was appointed Assistant Principal Cello of the Colorado Symphony by music director Andrew Litton, where he began working in January.
Formerly the principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Mr. Fisher worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma on developing orchestral musicians' roles in their community and creating meaningful outreach programs throughout Chicago. In the summer of 2014, he joined the Pacific Music Festival as principal cellist on their tour through Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan.
Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Mr. Fisher earned his bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and received his master of music degree from Northwestern University.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Fisher recently performed Schumann's Cello Concerto with the New World Symphony and has performed recitals throughout Europe and the United States. He is a regular performer on the Englewood Arts series in Englewood, CO and during his time at New World, performed and contributed to various recording projects with the local indie-folk trio, The alt Default, which was formed by current and former New World fellows. At the age of 20, he was one of the youngest participants of the 2010 London Master Classes, where he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2012, he was invited to participate in Ronald Leonard's Master Class at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Mr. Fisher has also performed in master classes for Anner Bylsma, Clive Greensmith, Marc Johnson and Donald Weilerstein. At Eastman, he was a member of the inaugural Intensive Chamber Music Program, where he performed with multiple groups in the Honors Chamber Concerts and collaborated with various faculty members on their recitals.
Since 2011, Mr. Fisher has enjoyed spending the ends of his summers sailing, performing, and relaxing up in Brainerd, Minnesota at the Lakes Area Music Festival. His primary teachers have been Hans Jørgen Jensen, Steven Doane and Richard Hirschl. Other important mentors include Yo-Yo Ma, the Ying Quartet and Rosemary Elliott. He plays on a rare French cello made by Francois Caussin, 1830.
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