'.......conductor Paul Fitzsimon was intense, energetic and fiery. 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'.
Paul Fitzsimon is one of the outstanding young conductors to emerge from Australia 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.
Recent highlights include conducting the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris in two concerts and returning to conduct them again in Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras. He has conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony also in Stockhausen’s Gruppen as part of the inaugural Biennale for contemporary music in Darmstadt, and in Baden-Baden he has conducted performances with the Hamburg Ballet. In Australia Paul has conducted concerts with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, with Opera Australia in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro for their touring devision, and Mozart’s Requiem with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney. In 2016 he returned to conduct the Willoughby Orchestra in a programme of Hindson, Weber, Rimsky-Korsakov and de Falla. Upcoming highlights include conducting a new production of Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis for Opera Australia in 2018.
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 in the following year conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’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, returning to perform there the following year. 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 has been based in Sydney with Opera Australia.