Fawzi Haimor is starting his second season in the position of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Pittsburgh, he conducts a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education, and outreach.
Haimor has also worked with the Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Amman Symphony in the Middle East and, in Europe, Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto. He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Jan Pascal Tortelier. In the current season, his guest engagements include Erie Chamber Orchestra and a return to Alabama and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, as a guest artist.
Passionate about the education of young musicians, Fawzi Haimor was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra where 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. He is also 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 4 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.