Franz Michael Fischer, born 1961 in Vienna, started violin lessons at the age of three. During primary school he also began his studies at the Vienna University für Musik und Dramatic Arts with Josef Drevo, continuing later with Ernst Kovacic and Michael Frischenschlager.
While a high school student at the Theresianische Akademie in Vienna, where he completed his studies in 1979, he held a scholarship for several years at the École de Musique de Sion in Switzerland with Tibor Varga. After gaining his diploma at the Music University Vienna he was a stand-in member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for four years. During this time, he also taught with great passion at the music school in Bruck on the Leitha in Lower Austria.
Franz Michael Fischer has been awarded prizes at national and international competitions, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Böhm Competition, a special award at the Bach Competition Leipzig, semifinalist at the Paganini competition in Genova and finalist at the Abbado Competition in Sondrio. As a member of the first violin section of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra he was their leader (concertmaster) from 1988-1989.
He has been leader (concert master) of the Wiener Concert Verein for 33 years and is also deputy manager. His special passion is contemporary music, which he pursues with curiosity, unflagging willingness to experiment and joyful spontaneity. His creative and sensitive musicianship have inspired many living composers to entrust the world premiere performances of their works to Franz Michael Fischer and the Wiener Concert-Verein. Franz Michael Fischer plays a violin built by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in 1828 and a bow made by Nicolas Leonard Tourte in 1795.