Next Tuesday we are performing Haydn’s Creation in the atmospheric surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral, as part of the City of London Thierry FischerFestival. We caught up with conductor Thierry Fischer to ask him a few quick questions:

What/when was your big breakthrough?

Still to come…

What do you fear the most?

Today, … I fear that Switzerland is not going to reach the final of the World Cup…

Which mobile number do you call the most?

My wife’s number and my travel agent’s one… and the “lost and found office” at Geneva Airport.

What – or where – is perfection?

Fortunately, there is no answer. A perfect hope would be to believe that everything is still possible…

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Well… today… it’s…

Book: Raimond Gregorius in Night train for Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

Comic: XIII by Jean Van Hamme

Film: Schlomo in Va, vis et deviens by Radu Mihaileanu

Opera: La Musica in La Favola d’Orfeo by Monteverdi

… And tomorrow will be different…

What’s your favourite ritual?

My favourite ritual is to do my best not to have one.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

Anyone, at any level, in any branch, acting with creativity to bring something new and constructive, full of perspectives…

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

Being a striker in the Swiss Football Team.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

La Ville des deux Paix played by Hesperion XXI conducted by Jordi Savall.

Should the classical music world work harder to attract a wider audience?

Yes, not really much harder but more specifically, promoting the energy of “Live Music” which can’t be replaced by any technology…