PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Music Director Manfred Honeck today announced the appointment of Fawzi Haimor as assistant conductor, beginning in the 2012-2013 season.
“We are very happy to welcome a conductor as talented as Fawzi Haimor to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” Honeck said. “His passion for his work is undeniable. He will be a great asset to the orchestra and the community. I eagerly look forward to working with him.”
“I am thrilled and honored to be appointed the assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” Haimor said. “The opportunity to work closely with Maestro Manfred Honeck and the remarkable musicians of the PSO is a rare and exciting privilege, and my family and I look forward to joining the Pittsburgh community.”
Haimor, 28, replaces Thomas Hong, whose term as PSO’s assistant conductor concludes at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
“It is always a wonderful experience working with Thomas,” Honeck said. “I want to thank him for his assistance and dedication, and wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
As assistant conductor, Haimor’s duties will include assisting with programming and conducting the PSO’s Education and Community Engagement concerts, and leading pre-concert talks.
Haimor begins his second season as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and music director and principal conductor of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO).
In addition to his duties at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Haimor maintains an international guest conducting schedule and has recently performed with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Amman Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Being very passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor is also engaged to conduct at the GMEA’s All College Orchestra Festival in Savannah, Ga., and at the Alabama Orchestra Association’s All-State Festival Sinfonietta String Orchestra in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as well as continuing his work with the ASYO.
Haimor was raised in the Middle East and California. He began playing the violin at the age of 6 and had his first conducting opportunity at the age of 16, premiering his own work for string orchestra which began his path towards a conducting career. In 2005, Haimor began his studies at the University of California-Davis, where he conducted numerous performances of symphony and opera and was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis community.
In 2007, Haimor was accepted into the conducting program at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he began his studies under David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Thomas Baldner. During his residency at Indiana University, Haimor, a strong advocate of new music, premiered more than 20 works by faculty and student composers. In addition, he has conducted numerous orchestral concerts, and was appointed the assistant conductor for the IU Opera and Theater Department, covering rehearsals for cast and orchestra. Haimor has served as an assistant for many conductors, including Robert Spano, Uri Segal, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Cliff Colnot. He also has worked with Herbert Blomstedt, Leonard Slatkin, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Karla Lemon, Jeffrey Thomas, and D. Kern Holoman.
Haimor earned bachelor’s degrees in music and neurobiology, physiology and behavior, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, before completing his second master’s degree in instrumental conducting from the Jacobs School of Music.