In addition to being one of the finest cellists of our time, Norman Fischer has been a guiding light in the worlds of chamber music and cello pedagogy. Throughout his career, he has given selflessly of his time and boundless energy to nurture young talent, to mentor the best young performers and chamber music groups, and to commission and perform new music. He first appeared on the international stage as a member of the Concorde String Quartet, known for its performances of the standard repertory and premieres of works by George Rochberg, BenJohnston, and Robert Sirota among others. With his wife, JeanneKierman, he formed the Fischer duo, commissioning and recording works for cello and piano by Rochberg, William Bolcom, JohnHarbison, Samuel Jones, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pierre Jalbert. As a teacher, Norman has served on the faculties of Rice University, Oberlin Conservatory, and Dartmouth College and at the TanglewoodMusic Center and Musicorda Festival.“An extraordinary person and musician, Norman is one of the great souls inhabiting the music profession.” – Robert Sirota