Born in Budapest on September 9, 1949, Adam Fischer brought up in a musical family. His family had lived in an apartment just in front of the Budapest Opera House. Adam and his younger brother Ivan belonged the children choir of Budapest National Opera house. where he sang many of famous opera works such as "Carmen" or "Boris Godonov". He and his brother sang three boys of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte".
After studying piano and composition at Bartok Conservatory, in order to deepen his conducting studies, he moved to Vienna and leaned from famous teacher Hans Swarowsky. Excellently with the first price of the Milan Centelli Competition, he was engaged to Graz and Karlsruhe as well as a general music director of Freiburg. Quickly he became popular in Hamburg and Munich where he conducted a production of "Fidelio" of Karl Böhm at the Bavarian State Opera, which led again to a new production of Dvoraks "Rusalka" with Hildegard Behrens. Since then he has appeared at many large European operas houses. He made a debut in 1984 at the Paris Opera ("Der Rosenkavalier") and in 1986 at la Scala, Milan ("Die Zauberflöte").Between 1987 and 1992 he was the general music director in Kassel.
In parallel he also developed his concert carrier. In the middle of the '70s Adam Fischer collaborated closely with the Helsinki Philharmonic and since then he directed many European orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia as well as the Royal Philharmonic. In 1984 for the first time he appeared in Japan, where he frequently returns since then. He conducted the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Hungarian State symphony Orchestra. Remarkable debuts in the past were the work with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonhalle orchestra Zurich.
Adam Fischer's America debut was in 1981 at San Francisco Opera ("Don Giovanni"). The same year he directed also a new production of "Macbeth" at the Chicago Lyric Opera. His most important concert debut in the US was in March 1984 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and further invitations of Tanglewood and to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the autumn of the same year, he led the USA-tour of the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted in Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit and Toronto as well as in Ottawa and Atlanta. Since 1992 he has appeared the New York Mostly Mozart festival. He made a debut at Hollywood Bowl conducting the opening performance of 1999 season and further invitation in 2001 season. He conducted Vienna Philharmonic in June 2005.
Adam Fischer began his long collaboration with the Vienna State Opera in 1973 and since then there he directed many new productions, such as, "Die Verkaufte Braut" (1982), "Manon" (1983), "Cavalleria rusticana" / "I Pagliacci" and "Maria Stuarda" (both 1985). Further performances were "Fidelio", "Die Fledermaus", "Otello", "Lucia di Lammemoor" and "Cosi fan tutte". He conducted the entire cycle of "Der Ring des Nibelung" several times and the revival production of "Andrea Chenire" in 2002/2003 season. He accompanied Placido Domingo at his 40th anniversary Gala in 2007.
He made a debut in 1989 at the Royal Opera House ("Die Fledermaus"), followed by the debut at the English nationally Opera. He returned 1992/93 for the acclaimed production of "Bluebeard's Castle" at the ENO and in 1994 led a new production of Smetanas "The Two Widows". In the same year, he made a debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York ("Otello"), followed by "II barbers di Siviglia" 1995/96 and "Aida" 1996/97. he directed numerous productions at the operas house Zurich with international star such as, Thomas Hampson, Edita Gruberova and Cecilia Bartoli: Among other productions Haydn's "L' anima del filosofo", "Cenerentola", Cimarosa's "Il matrimonio segreto". The extremely successful resumption of "Linda di Chamounix" with Edita Gruberova, and "Nina" with Cecilia Bartoli were recorded for the DVD production. In January 1997, he directed the stages production of Verdi's "Macbeth" with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra in Athens.
Between 2000 and 2005, Adam Fischer was the GMD at the National Theater Mannheim. There he conducted wide variety of operas include the new productions of Monteverdi's "Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda", "Bluebeard's Castle", "Don Giovanni", and "Idomeneo". He also conducted several cycles of "Der Ring des Nibelung" and led the successful performance of "Tristan und Isolde" in Budapest. In 2001 he started the first Mannheim School for young musicians in Summer and the Mozart week in December. After the death of Giuseppe Sinopoli, Adam Fischer was appointed by the Bayreuth Festival for "Der Ring des Nibelung" and made a very successful debut. He was chosen as "The conductor of the year 2002" by the German magazine Opernwelt. He conducted "The Ring" until 2004 and came back to Bayreuth 2006 and 2007 with "Parsifal".
In 1987 Adam Fischer established the Austrian-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and started the Haydn Festival in the Austrian Eisenstadt. The festival is internationally established in the mean time and invites leading orchestras, ensembles and soloist. Since 1995, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra by Adam Fischer revived Haydn's Operas at the Haydnsaal, Eisenstadt. The whole festival was presented in Japan, in 1993 with large success. In the same year, the Austrian-Hungarian Haydn orchestra made a debut in the BBC Proms in London and appeared on the occasion of the Mostly Mozart Festivals in New York with Martha Algerich as a soloist in the Lincoln Center. The orchestra guest appeared many of famous concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in the March 1996 in the Royal festival hall London. In July 1989, Fischer started the first Gustav Mahler Festivals in Kassel, and he directed as an artistic director. For that he assembled a new orchestra and received considerable support of the Federal Government for its work. This festival grows permanently and is continued also further. With a successful performance of Mozarts "Ascanlo in albums" with the Viennese chamber orchestra, Adam Fischer made the opening performance of 1991 the Mozart-Year in the Vienna Konzerthaus and repeated the concert in the year on that in New York. Since beginning 1999, he leads the Danish Radio Sinfonietta in Copenhagen as a chief conductor.
In 2006 September he assumed the GMD position of Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He started Budapest Wagner Days project at the Palace of Arts, Budapest in 2006.
With the Austrian-Hungarian Haydn orchestra, he recorded the complete Haydn symphonies for Nimbus. This is the first digital recording of entire Haydn Symphonies. The series is established and received numerous outstanding criticisms. He made the second recording of some of Haydn London symphonies with the same orchestra. The recording of symphony No. 92. 94 and La fedelta premiata overture won German Echo price in 2006. He made a series of Mozart Operas with Danish Radio Sinfonietta. They are in the middle of the Mozart entire symphonies recordings.
Adam Fischer recorded also for CBS, EMI, Hungaroton and delta. His numerous recordings, includes the world premier recording of Goldmark's "Die Königin von Saba" (1982 priced with the Grand Prix du Disque); Schubert and Haydn's symphony; "II barbire di Siviglia" by Paisiello, the complete version of Mendelssohn's "Midsummer night's dream", a series of the Hungarian repertoire with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra and "Bluebeard's Castle" with Samual Ramey and Eva Marton for CBS. His film production for the BBC of "Bluebeard's Castle" with the LPO won 1989 the Prix ltalia and the Royal Philharmonic Society and Charles Heidsieck price for BBC radio/TV/video.
In June 2007 Adam Fischer was assumed the General Music Director of Hungarian State Opera.