MATTHIAS PINTSCHER is the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and is currently in his eighth year as Artist-in- Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He became Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra at the start of the 2016/17 season.
In the 2017/18 season, Pintscher made several significant debuts including with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. Pintscher and the Ensemble Intercontemporain brought an ambitious presentation of Pierre Boulez' Répons to the Park Avenue Armory in New York and performed a number of concerts on tour in London (Royal Festival Hall), Vienna (Konzerthaus), and Cologne (Philharmonie). In addition, they were joined by alumni of the Lucerne Festival in a special multimedia Messiaen project which was performed in four cities. Return guest engagements this season include the Los Angeles Philharmonic in both a subscription week and at the Hollywood Bowl, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (where he premiered Salvatore Sciarrino’s new piano concerto with Jonathan Biss), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. An enthusiastic supporter of and mentor to students and young musicians, Pintscher also worked with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, culminating in a concert at the Philharmonie.
In the 2016/17 season, Pintscher was featured as the inaugural composer-inresidence and artist-in-focus at Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie concert hall, which opened in January 2017. He took the Ensemble Intercontemporain on tour to Asia and celebrated the orchestra’s 40th anniversary. Other highlights included guest appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Bayerische Rundfunk, among others. The 2016/17 season also saw the premiere of Pintscher’s new compositions un despertar, his second cello concerto, performed by Alisa Weilerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of François-Xavier Roth; and Shirim for baritone and orchestra, with Danish singer Bo Skovhus and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra led by Christoph Eschenbach.
Matthias Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Peter Eötvös in his early 20s, 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. As composer, Pintscher is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, orchestras, and conductors. His works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. Bärenreiter-Verlag is his exclusive publisher, and recordings of his compositions can be found on the EMI, Kairos, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter labels. Pintscher has been on the composition faculty of The Juilliard School since 2014.