Fawzi Haimor, conductor
Fawzi Haimor was born in Chicago in 1983 and was raised in the Middle East and San Francisco Bay area. With a growing diary of international guest engagements, Haimor recently completed his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted a variety of concerts including classical, pops and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Jan Pascal Tortelier.
In spring 2014, Fawzi Haimor made an impressive debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Co- munale di Bologna with Bruckner's Symphony No.4. Last season he returned to Orquesta Sinfo- nica do Porto and gave further impressive debuts with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano, Qatar Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (in a staged production of Grieg's Peer Gynt) and Indianapolis Symphony.
Following Haimor's final concert with Pittsburgh Symphony in August, his 2015/2016 season con- tains such highlights as his Finnish debut with Oulu Sinfonia, his Parisian debut with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and debuts with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He also continues his association with Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heil- bronn, in a programme of English chamber music. In the USA, he appears with Symphoria Or- chestra Syracuse, New Mexico Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra.
His repertoire includes the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed premieres by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. An eloquent and compelling speaker from the podium, he equally excels in outreach and educa- tion projects.
Haimor completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, and studied conducting 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. He was previously Assis- tant Conductor at Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he was also the first Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.