MARTIN FISCHER-DIESKAU: Meanwhile his work on the concert platform had established Martin Fischer-Dieskau as a conductor of all important British orchestras; he was invited to Japan's NHK as well as to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Worldwide the number of orchestras he has conducted is approaching 100.
As Principal Conductor of the Canadian KW Symphony from 2000 to 2004 he was able to make important contributions for the augmentation of the standard repertoire and opened the concert hall to new audiences. With the KW Symphony he also inaugurated the first German-Canadian Festival in Toronto in 2002.
Martin Fischer-Dieskau records for the Marco Polo and BIS labels, holds a professorship with the "Hochschule der Künste" in Bremen and established his own television series introducing young musicians for the German "ARD" TV channel.
In 2005 he was first introduced to Taiwan's classical music scene conducting and lecturing at the NTNU University in Taipei, later resuling in a concert engagement with the Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.in 2006. That same year he helped inaugurate the first season of the newly created Boca Raton Symphonia in Florida and was immediately invited for a return visit which attracted more than 15.000 spectators in an open-air concert event. The following seasons brought him back to Israel, France, the Netherlands and the United States.
In 2007 the musicians of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra elected him as their principal conductor for the 2008/09 season during which he presented 7 exquisitly programmed concerts with music ranging from Rameau to Glière, Blacher and the foremost contemporary composers of Taiwan today. He also conducted a fully staged double bill opera night with works by Puccini and Wolf-Ferrari to great international critical acclaim.
One of the upcoming highlights in Martin Fischer-Dieskau's schedule will be an extended tour of the Netherlands with the Holland Symfonia as well as return visits to Finland and the Czech Republic in 2010.