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Matthias Pintscher


Matthias Pintscher


Matthias Pintscher is the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Beginning in 2016/17 he also took up post as Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. He continues his partnerships with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its Artist-in-Association, and with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-residence. Pintscher is also named as the first composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie concert hall which opened in autumn 2016, and will be featured in a series of portrait concerts in its inaugural season. Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras and regularly conducts throughout Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

Highlights of the 16/17 season include guest conducting appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, and San Diego, Bayerische Rundfunk, and Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien. He also takes the Ensemble Intercontemporain on tour to Asia, and will celebrate the orchestra's 40th anniversary. Recent conducting debuts include the Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), and Toronto Symphony.

A prolific and successful 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 Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. His works are published exclusively by Bärenreiter, and recordings of his compositions can be found on Kairos, EMI, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter.

Pintscher works regularly with leading contemporary music ensembles such as the Scharoun Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Helsinki). He has curated the music segment of the Impuls Romantik Festival in Frankfurt since 2011. In September 2014 he joined the composition faculty at the Juilliard School.

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