Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Fawzi Haimor to Leave Resident Conductor Post at End of 2014-2015 Season

Fawzi HaimorPITTSBURGH—Fawzi Haimor, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has announced he will be leaving the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, effective at the end of the 2014-2015 season.

“My years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have been invaluable,” says Haimor, who joined the symphony as assistant conductor in 2012 and was promoted to resident conductor at the start of the 2014-2015 season. “I am really honored to have worked with Maestro Honeck and this incredible orchestra. I have made many great friends here amongst the musicians and the staff, and will truly miss them, but I am also excited to take the next step in my conducting career.”

Haimor will continue to guest conduct orchestras around the world, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Highlights for the 2014-2015 season include returning to the Orquesta Sinfonia di Porto and debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Haydn Orchesta Bolzano, Qatar Philharmonic, Bursa State Orchestra, Turkey, and education projects with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with a staged production of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt.”

“Fawzi is a talented and charismatic person who has a great career ahead,” says Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. “I wish him the best.”

As resident conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony, Haimor conducts a variety of concerts including classical, pops, education and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he has served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Jan Pascal Tortelier.

Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to violin, Haimor completed his conducting training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, where he studied 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.

“Fawzi has been an incredible asset to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “Not only a talented conductor, he has been a trusted colleague and friend to musicians and staff alike at the symphony, and his contributions to our artistic excellence, education efforts and community outreach have been invaluable.”

The search for a replacement will begin in the coming months.

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