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Matthias Pintscher - Composer/Conductor

Matthias Pintscher is the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the world's leading contemporary music ensemble founded by Pierre Boulez. Alongside their Paris concert season he tours extensively with them throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Matthias Pintscher will have two new works premiered in the 2018/19 season: 'Nur,' a new concert for piano and ensemble will be performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble conducted by the composer in January 2019, and a new work for baritone, chorus and orchestra will be performed by Dietrich Henschel and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich conducted by Kent Nagano in June 2019. Matthias Pintscher considers composing and conducting 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. 

Matthias Pintscher is the 2018/19 Season Creative Chair for the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and finishes a nine-year term as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Artist-in-Association. This season he makes his debuts with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, at the Edinburgh Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin where he conducts the world premiere of 'Violetter Schnee' by Beat Furrer. Return guest engagements include the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, The New York Philharmonic and New World Symphony in Miami. In Europe he returns to the Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic.

Matthias Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Peter Eötvös in his early twenties during which time composing soon took a more prominent role in his life. He began to divide his time equally between conducting and composing, rapidly gaining critical acclaim in both areas of activity. His works are performed by leading orchestras and artists worldwide - his most recent compositions are the cello concerto 'Un Despertar' which was premiered last season by Alisa Weilerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in April 2017 'shirim' for baritone and orchestra was premiered by NDR Elbphilharmonie and Christoph Eschenbach with Bo Skovhus in Hamburg.

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 early 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; 'A Twilight's Song' for soprano and 7 instruments, his first violin concerto en sourdine for Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berlin Philharmonic; his second opera l'espace dernier for Paris National Opera (Bastille); and his cello concerto Reflections on Narcissus, which was premiered in Paris in 2006 with Truls Mørk, Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris. That year also saw the premiere of Transir for Emmanuel Pahud (flute) and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, performed at the Lucerne Festival, where Pintscher was Composer-in-Residence. Osiris for orchestra was co-commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall conducted by Pierre Boulez in 2008. Solomon's Garden, songs for baritone and orchestra was co-commissioned in 2010 by the New York Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2011 a second violin concerto mar'eh was premierie by Julia Fisher and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Pintscher was the 2012 recipient of the Roche Commission and his work, Chute d'Étoiles: Hommage à Anselm Kiefer for two trumpets and orchestra was premiered at the Lucerne Festival in August 2012 by the Cleveland Orchestra, and subsequently performed at Severance Hall in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall in New York. In April 2013 the Vienna Philharmonic performed Hérodiade-Fragmente at the Musikverein, The same year, a major new ensemble piece 'Bereshit' was premiered by St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Intercontemporain, idyll a short orchestral work was given its world premiere in October 2014 by the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, followed by performances by the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. His three-part work, Sonic Eclipse: Celestial Object 1, 2 and 3, has been performed by ensembles around the world.

He joined the composition faculty at the Juilliard School in September 2014.

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.

October 2018