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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. In addition to a robust concert season in Paris, he tours extensively with the orchestra throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. In the 2020/21 season, Pintscher also begins a three-season appointment as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s new Creative Partner. Known equally as one of today’s foremost composers, Pintscher’s works are frequently commissioned and performed by major international orchestras Matthias Pintscher considers composing and conducting as entirely complementary, and his intrinsic understanding of the score from the composer’s perspective informs his ability to communicate on the podium. 

In the 2020/21 season, Matthias Pintscher will lead a new production of Lohengrin at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin directed by Calixto Bieito, and returns in the spring to also conduct Wozzeck. He makes debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, and Barcelona Symphony. Return invitations this season include the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, and San Diego; New World Symphony in Miami, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. With the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pintscher will perform concerts in Paris and Berlin, including a semi-staged multimedia presentation of Olga Neuwirth’s The Outcast, as well as a number of new work commissions. 
In summer 2020, Matthias Pintscher served as Music Director of the 74th Ojai Music Festival. Highlights of the 2019/20 season included his debut at the Vienna State Opera conducting the premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s new opera Orlando, and debuts with the Montreal, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Baltimore symphonies. He also conducted the premiere of his new work for baritone, chorus, and orchestra, performed by Georg Nigl and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks at the Musica Viva festival in February 2020.

Pintscher has held many titled positions, most recently as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Artist-in-Association for nine seasons. In 2018/19, he served as the Season Creative Chair for the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. An enthusiastic supporter of and mentor to students and young musicians, Pintscher was Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra from 2016-2018 and has worked with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Matthias Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös in his early twenties, during which time composing soon took a more prominent role in his life. He rapidly gained critical acclaim in both areas of activity, and continues to compose in addition to his conducting career. A prolific composer, Pintscher's music is championed by some of today's finest performing artists, orchestras, and conductors. His works have been performed by such orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris, among many others.

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 withTruls 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. Osirisfor 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.

The cello concerto  Un Despertar was premiered in 2017 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.

Matthias Pintscher recently wrote Nur, a concerto for piano and ensemble performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble conducted by the composer in January 2019. Shir IV for baritone, chorus and orchestra was first heard in Munich in February 2020 and in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 2021.
A major new orchestral score neharot was premiered in 2020 and commissioned by Tokyo Suntory Hall, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre Philharmonique with Fesitval d’Automne Paris,  OSR Geneva and London.   His most recent new work is  Assonanza written for Leila Josefowicz and commissioned by Cincinnati Symphony Musikkollegium Winterthur and Wien Modern.

Matthias Pintscher makes his home in New York and Paris. His works are published exclusively  by Bärenreiter and recordings of his works can be found on Kairos, EMI, ECM, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter. Matthias Pintscher has been on the composition faculty of the Juilliard School since 2014.

April 2022