Simon Fischer enjoys a distinguished and wide-ranging career. He has given several solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, many recital and chamber music broadcasts for Radio 3 and BBC Scotland, and has frequently played as soloist or leader with many of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras.
Sought-after as a teacher, he is a professor at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music. His over 240 consecutive monthly articles in The Strad magazine have attracted a world-wide following, as have his technique books Basics and Practice, now both translated into Korean and Italian. German translations are in preparation.
He has also written Warming up, described by The Strad magazine as '23 pages of pure technical gold', now translated into Spanish and also transcribed for the viola. His DVD The Secrets of Tone Production, co-branded by Peters Edition and The Strad magazine, sells worldwide.
He frequently gives masterclasses, recitals and broadcasts abroad, including recently in Europe, the USA and Australia.
Simon Fischer enjoys a distinguished and wide-ranging playing and teaching career. He has given many solo recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and for the BBC, and has played as soloist or concertmaster with many of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and many others, working with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, and Andre Previn.
He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music since 1982, and at the Yehudi Menuhin School since 1997. He also taught at two other specialist music schools, Wells Cathedral and the Purcell, and for 15 years was a visiting professor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Scotland.
Having studied the violin in London with Yfrah Neaman, whose teachers were Carl Flesch and Max Rostal - and in New York with Dorothy DeLay, a pupil and later assistant of Ivan Galamian - Fischer's approach unites the best elements of the French, Russian and American violin traditions and develops them further.
In addition, he studied the Alexander technique for 8 years as a pupil of Walter Carrington, the leading Alexander teacher in the world and himself a pupil of F. M. Alexander. This has enabled Fischer to incorporate a third stream of influence into his playing and teaching.
His so-far 242 consecutive monthly articles in The Strad magazine have attracted world-wide interest and acclaim, as have his technique books Basics and Practice, now both translated into Korean and Italian. Translations into German are in preparation by Peters Edition.
Basics and Practice are both on the required reading lists of many University pedagogy courses around the world. His influence is shaping the direction and content of violin training in music schools and colleges, and in private instrumental lessons, on every continent. He has also written Warming up, described by The Strad magazine as '23 pages of pure technical gold', now translated into Spanish and also transcribed for the viola.
A third major book, The Violin Lesson, will be published by Peters Edition in 2012. He has also written Scales, a new and original scale book which will be available from Peters Edition in November 2011. Other recent projects include a 4-hour DVD set called The Secrets of Tone Production on all Bowed String Instruments, co-branded and jointly distributed by Peters Edition and The Strad Magazine.
Simon Fischer is also writing transcriptions for violin and piano of important classics. The first of these, the Purcell Chacony, was published by Peters Edition in April 2010, with several others in preparation and to be published early in 2012.
His recording of the complete Brahms Sonatas with Raymond Fischer received high praise in The Gramophone Magazine and in The Strad Magazine.
He frequently gives masterclasses, mini-residencies, recitals and broadcasts abroad. Since 2004 he has been invited several times to the USA, to Holland, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Hong Kong, and has completed two five-week tours of masterclasses and recitals in Australia.