Fawzi Haimor is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2012-2013 season. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Alabama, he conducted a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education, and outreach. Additionally, Mr. Haimor had the pleasure to work with numerous orchestras including the Amman Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto and has collaborated with famous artists such as Bela Fleck, Bobby Horton, Diane Schuur, and Luciana Souza. He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Justin Brown, Marvin Hamlisch, Grant Llewellyn, Michael Morgan, Robert Spano, Stefan Sanderling, and Michael Stern.
Extremely passionate about the education of young musicians, Mr. Haimor is involved in many aspects of music education. He 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. Additionally, he has been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the country including most recently, the Alabama Orchestra Association’s All-State Festival Orchestra.
Born in Chicago in 1983, Mr. Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of 6 and quickly developed a deep love for conducting. He completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University where he studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen as well as attended master classes around the world led by highly respected conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Jorma Panula, Leonard Slatkin, 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.
He currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Houda and daughter Aleena.