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MATTHIAS PINTSCHER is the Music Director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, entering his second season in 2014/15. He continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its Artist-in-Association, conducting concerts in both the regular subscription and contemporary series, covering the entire repertoire of music from the Baroque period to contemporary. In May 2014, he also began a three-year appointment as Artist-in-Residence with the Danish National Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher sees his two main spheres of activity as entirely complementary; he has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras, and his intrinsic understanding of the score from the composer’s perspective informs his ability to communicate on the podium.
In the 2014/15 season, Matthias Pintscher will make several important debuts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), and Bayerische Rundfunk. He will take the Ensemble InterContemporain on tour to Cologne, Strasbourg, and Milan, and lead a special concert at the Barbican in London in celebration of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday. He returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Helsinki Phiharmonic, both the Danish National Radio and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the symphony orchestras of Melbourne and Sydney. In addition, the Philharmonie in Cologne, one of Germany's and Europe's most active concert venues, will feature Pintscher as the 2014/15 focus artist with four portrait concerts, two of which he will conduct. The 2014/15 concert season is capped off with summer festival plans in Lucerne, Helsinki (Avanti Festival), and Grafenegg, Austria. As of September 2014, Pintscher has joined the composition faculty at the Juilliard School.
During summer 2014, Pintscher traveled on tour with the Ensemble InterContemporain to the Lucerne Festival, in addition to performances with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and Ensemble. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in May/June 2014 at its inaugural Biennial, conducting and curating the Beyond Recall program that he created for the 2013 Salzburg Festival, and which the NY Phil presented in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art.
Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Peter Eötvös, but composing took a more prominent role in his life while he was in his early twenties. Soon after, he divided his time equally between the two disciplines of conducting and composing. Naturally noted for his interpretations of contemporary music, he developed an affinity for repertoire of the late 19th and the 20th centuries – Bruckner, the French Romantic masters, Beethoven, Berlioz, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, and the Second Viennese School – along with a rich variety of contemporary scores.
“My thinking as a conductor is informed by the process of my own writing,” notes Pintscher, “and vice versa, of course.” He may justly be called the most sought-after German composer of his generation, and his music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, orchestras, and conductors.
Matthias Pintscher is a prolific composer. His new orchestral composition idyll was given its world premiere in October 2014 by the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, followed by performances by the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Pintscher was the 2012 recipient of the Roche Commission. His work Chute d’Étoiles: Hommage à Anselm Kiefer for two trumpets and orchestra premiered at the Lucerne Festival in August 2012 by the Cleveland Orchestra, and was subsequently performed at Severance Hall in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Pintscher’s compositions are noted for the delicate sound world they inhabit, the intricacy of their construction, and their precision of expression. Among his most celebrated achievements are his first opera, Thomas Chatterton, commissioned by Dresden Semperoper; Fünf Orchesterstücke for the Philharmonia Orchestra and Kent Nagano; Herodiade Fragmente for Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic; his first violin concerto, en sourdine, for Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berlin Philharmonic; his second opera, l’espace dernier, which premiered at Paris National Opera (Bastille) in 2004; and his cello concerto for Truls Mørk, Reflections on Narcissus, which was premiered in Paris in 2006 with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris.
Pintscher recently completed a three-part work, Sonic Eclipse: Celestial Object 1, 2, and 3, for ensembles around the world. He also wrote a new violin concerto, mar’eh, premiered in autumn 2011 by Julia Fischer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2013 the Vienna Philharmonic performed Hérodiade-Fragmente at the Musikverein. His first solo piano composition was premiered at London’s Wigmore Hall by Inon Barnatan in September 2013. Earlier in the same year, Uriel for cello and piano was premiered by Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan at the Frankfurt Alte Oper.
Matthias Pintscher makes his home in New York and Paris. His works are published by Bärenreiter-Verlag. Recordings can be found on Kairos, EMI, ECM, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter.