The 32 year-old conductor Paul Fitzsimon is one of the outstanding musicians to emerge from Australian in the past decade, graduating from the University of Melbourne majoring in piano performance and then completing his formal conducting studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Lutz Köhler. In 2008/09 he was Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and was the winner of the 2008 Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors.
Highlights of recent years include conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Stockhausen’s Gruppen as part of the inaugural Biennale for contemporary music in Darmstadt and in Baden-Baden with the Hamburg Ballet, as well as in Australia conducting the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, with Opera Australia in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Requiem with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney. In 2014 he conducted the Ensemble Intercontemporain in two concerts and will return to conduct them again in 2015.
From 2003 until 2008 Paul worked with conductors Gianluigi Gelmetti, János Fürst, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Seaman and others as part of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program and in 2003 he participated in the conducting classes at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
In 2007 he conducted Melbourne Chorale in Rodion Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel and the following year the world premiere of Marcello Panni’s Short as part of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolis series, as well as the MSO’s inaugural performance in the new Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2008 he conducted concerts with the Canberra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and engagements in 2009 included concerts with the Sydney Symphony and Orchestra Victoria.
After moving to Germany in 2009 Paul conducted concerts with the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode and the Berliner Symphoniker, and in 2010 he first performed at the Heidelberg Spring Music Festival conducting works of Magnus Lindberg and others. In 2012 he worked as musical assistant at the Graz Opera for their new productions of Elektra and Dido and Aeneas, as well as in Sydney for Opera Australia’s new production of Salome and Carmen. Since 2014 Paul is based in Sydney working with Opera Australia.
'.......conductor Paul Fitzsimon was intense, energetic and fiery. He is currently on the staff of Opera Australia and also has various international conducting commitments. He looked slim and striking in orchestral black.' Sydney Arts Guide
'.......the Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Paul Fitzsimon, communicated the emotional force of this musical path'. ResMusica