Rob Fisher


Tim Fox
Emily Threlfall Yoon
Press Resources
“When it comes to George and Ira Gershwin, musical director Rob Fisher is an authority.”
Theater Mania
“Fisher is a pragmatic purist with a light touch who disdains the bloat and pomposity that often accrue to contemporary performances of vintage theater songs. Yet he discreetly lets a contemporary sensibility filter into everything so that even period jokes and wordplay sound fresh.”
The New York Times

Rob Fisher is an internationally recognized music director, conductor and pianist, and a leading figure in American music and musical theatre. He has been a guest of virtually every major orchestra in the country as conductor or pianist.

Fisher is currently represented on Broadway as the score supervisor and arranger for An American in Paris (Grammy nomination). Additionally, he is represented as the music supervisor and arranger for Chicago: The Musical, which recently celebrated twenty years on Broadway.

He was founding music director and conductor of Encores! at New York City Center until 2005, a series that earned a 2000 Tony Award. Mr. Fisher was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in 1997 for his work on Encores!, and he conducted the series’ Grammy Award–winning Chicago cast album. Last season, Fisher served as music supervisor of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes, and in April of 2012, he conducted a one-night gala performance of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Fisher has been producer/music director of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series’ tributes to Gershwin, Porter, and Bernstein. Recent collaborations have included performances with such artists as Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Idina Menzel, and David Hyde Pierce. In 2007 he led My Fair Lady with the New York Philharmonic, and he most recently appeared with the Philharmonic in October 2012, conducting Mr. Keillor at 70 with Garrison Keillor. Mr. Fisher was music director and conductor for “Ira at 100,” a gala concert at Carnegie Hall broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances, and he appeared twice on the PBS series In Performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. For four seasons Mr. Fisher was music director for Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company and remains a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion.

“Under the nimble baton of Rob Fisher... he and the Philharmonic did themselves proud, delivering the score with a plush sound that, as is often the case in these circumstances, drew attention to the intricacy and wit of the orchestrations...”
The New York Times
“The onstage Orchestra of St. Luke’s, under the expert guidance and ever-attentive ear of Rob Fisher, was a near-constant, ravishing presence. Fisher’s approach to the music was reverential—he lavished attention on the details of the score, and made sure he gave each singer space to let the phrases flower to their fullest without ever letting the pacing go slack. The score had both shape and momentum, and the singing was glorious.”
Opera News (review of Carnegie Hall’s Leonard Bernstein centenary celebration, April 2018)
Fisher clearly knows every intricacy of the score, allowing him to conduct with an expert's explosive energy while still having fun with the onstage cast.
Zac Thriffiley, Broadway World