Fischer Duo

The Fischer Duo has performed on five continents in its over-50-year history. Founded in 1971 while students at Oberlin College, the Duo has developed a wide-ranging repertoire covering the “canon” plus many forgotten or unknown works of the past. In addition, the Fischers have been very active with music of our own time, commissioning over 30 works and recording even more. The Duo’s extensive discography includes 18 albums from Beethoven, Brahms, 20th Century French Masters, Chopin and Liszt to generations of American composers similar to this recording’s compendium. These recordings have garnered rave reviews from The Strad, Gramophone, Strings Magazine, and BBC Music Magazine.

The Duo has taught at Dartmouth College, Oberlin College, and since 1992 at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Their extensive residencies include Singapore, China, and Germany, as well as two tours as Artistic Ambassadors for the USIA to South America and South Africa.

GRAMMY-award winning cellist Norman Fischer has performed internationally in capacities both as soloist and chamber musician. His New York debut of the 6 Bach Suites in one evening was described by The New York Times as “inspiring.” He was cellist with the Naumburg Award-winning Concord String Quartet through its 16-year career playing over 1000 concerts, 50 premieres, and 40 recorded works. He has been a guest with many of the finest string quartets, and a juror at Banff, Borciani, Naumburg, and Fischoff competitions. Since 1985 he has been on the faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center where he is Head of Chamber Music and holds the Culpepper Foundation Master Teacher Chair.

Jeanne Kierman Fischer is a graduate of Oberlin, New England Conservatory, and the Dalcroze School (License) where her principal teachers were Miles Mauney, Victor Rosenbaum, and Menachem Pressler. She has appeared with Da Camera of Houston, Mohawk Trail, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Skaneatelas, and Tanglewood. She has trained generations of young pianists in the collaborative arts. In the summer she is on the piano faculty at Greenwood Music Camp.


2020 Visions

Release Date: August 26, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6444
21st Century
2020 VISIONS from the Fischer Duo celebrates the piano-cello group’s 50 years of performances together. The Duo is known for performing music from the likes of Beethoven alongside the works of emerging composers. The pair celebrated the anniversary of their formation in 1971 during the height of the pandemic; though the performance was given virtually, the resulting recording is a declaration of love and resilience. This album features three works commissioned for the Duo including Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award-winning composer William Bolcom's Second Sonata, as well as three recent compositions from promising new composers. Expressing the pain of loss as well as the hope for a better tomorrow, 2020 VISIONS showcases this duo’s versatility and musicianship.