Fawzi Haimor

Fawzi Haimor | Resident Conductor

Fawzi Haimor holds the position of resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducts a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he has served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Jan Pascal Tortelier.

As a guest artist, Haimor works with such orchestras as Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Erie Chamber Orchestra and Amman Symphony in the Middle East. He made his European debut with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in 2011 and he recently made his Italian debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, receiving an immediate re-invitation to the orchestra in the 2014-2015 season. He returns to Europe this June to work with Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, which will incorporate his London debut at Cadogan Hall. In the 2014-2015 season, his debuts include those with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, while holding the position of Assistant Conductor with the orchestra. Here, he was involved in the development of a brand new premier level youth orchestra for the state of Alabama. He was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis, California community. He has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States.

His repertoire includes the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman.

Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of four and completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. Here he studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen as well as attending master classes around the world led by highly respected conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Jorma Panula and Gustav Meier.

He has earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology and behavior, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master’s in instrumental conducting from Indiana University.

Haimor currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, Houda, and their two daughters, Aleena and Layla.