The Fischer Duo is celebrating 35 years of playing together, and has been widely praised by music critics for its diverse choice of repertoire. Their performances have been described as "boldly imaginative and technically assured" (Boston Globe), "intense and persuasive" (Gramophone), and "soaring lines with both beauty and intensity" (New York Times).
Thoroughly versed in the classical repertoire of Brahms, Beethoven, and Schumann, the Fischer Duo has acquired an equally impressive reputation for rediscovering neglected works of the past and for commissioning new pieces by prominent contemporary composers. The duo released a CD last year of rarely-heard cello music of Chopin, and Liszt, and will release a compilation of William Bolcom's cello music next year on the Naxos label.
Norman Fischer and Jeanne Kierman-Fischer are both on the music faculty at Rice University in Houston, TX, and teach cello and piano, respectively. Norman Fischer was a member of the internationally-known Concord String Quartet, a group that won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, an Emmy, and several Grammy nominations, and recorded over 40 works. The New York Times said of the quartet, "During its 16 years, the supervirtuosic Concord String Quartet championed contemporary work while staying rooted in the Western tradition."
They were a favorite ensemble of numerous contemporary composers, and premiered many works by such noted composers as George Rochberg, Ben Johnson, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze and William Bolcom. His chamber music expertise has led to guest appearances with the American, Audubon, Blair, Cleveland, Emerson, Jilliard, Mendelssohn, and Schoenberg string quartets, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
As a soloist, Mr. Fischer's performance of the complete Bach Cello Suites in his New York recital debut was praised as "inspiring" by the New York Times. Since 1985, he has taught at the Tanglewood Music Center (summer home of the Boston Symphony) in Lenox, MA, and currently serves as Tanglewood's Coordinator of Chamber Music and Strings.
Ms. Kierman-Fischer specializes in piano ensemble repertoire. She toured extensively for 10 years under the sponsorship of the New England Foundation and Vermont Arts Council as a member of the Alcott Piano Quartet. She is a devoted teacher and pedagogue, working with high school students during the summer months at the Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts, and has written about her experiences as a Collaborative Pianist for Piano and Keyboard Magazine.
The Fischer Duo's USD performance is free and open to the public. A public masterclass will be presented in Colton Recital Hall on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ms. Kierman-Fischer is also serving as the guest artist/adjudicator for the USD Truran Piano Competition on Saturday, Feb. 17.