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Norman Fischer on String Quartets, Then and Now

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Profile - Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer is one of the foremost exponents of the cello in the United States. After completing his studies with Richard Kapuscinski at the Oberlin Conservatory, he helped found the renowned Concord String Quartet. As quartet cellist throughout its 16-year career, Mr. Fischer concertized extensively in the US and abroad, recorded over 40 works, premiered 70 scores, appeared frequently on radio and television and received numerous accolades including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, several Grammy nominations and an Emmy Award.

Since 1971 Mr. Fischer has collaborated with pianist Jeanne Kierman, as the Fischer Duo. They have appeared frequently throughout the US and have made a specialty of blending the standard repertoire with newly commissioned works and unusual scores from the past. Last season, as part of their 25th anniversary year, they toured as Artistic Ambassadors to South America, and revisited several "cycles" of concerts including the Beethoven Sonatas, the Brahms Sonatas, the complete Chopin/Liszt, and the many American works they have commissioned and premiered. Mr. Fischer is seen and heard regularly on chamber music festivals in the United States and this expertise has led to collaborations with the Juilliard, Emerson, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Blair, Schoenberg, and Audubon string quartets, the American Chamber Players, Da Camera Society of Houston, Ensemble Pierrot and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He is also cellist and founder of the Concord Trio.
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