In addition to being one of the finest cellists of our time, Norman
Fischer has been a guiding light in the worlds of chamber music and
cello pedagogy. Throughout his career, he has given selflessly of his
time and boundless energy to nurture young talent, to mentor the best
young performers and chamber music groups, and to commission
and perform new music.
He first appeared on the international stage as a member of the
Concord String Quartet, known for its performances of the standard
repertory and premieres of works by George Rochberg, Ben
Johnston, and Robert Sirota among others. With his wife, Jeanne
Kierman, he formed the Fischer duo, commissioning and recording
works for cello and piano by Rochberg, William Bolcom, John
Harbison, Samuel Jones, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pierre Jalbert.
As a teacher, Norman has served on the faculties of Rice University,
Oberlin Conservatory, and Dartmouth College and at the Tanglewood
Music Center and Musicorda Festival.
“An extraordinary person and musician, Norman is one of the great
souls inhabiting the music profession.” – Robert Sirota