Matthias Pintscher is music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, became principal conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra at the start of the 2016–17 season, and is in his eighth year as artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In the 2017–18 season he makes several significant debuts, including with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, and Lisbon’s Gulbenkian orchestras. Mr. Pintscher and the Ensemble Intercontemporain bring an ambitious presentation of Pierre Boulez’s Répons to New York’s Park Avenue Armory and perform on tour at London’s Royal Festival Hall), Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Cologne’s Philharmonie. Additionally, they will be joined by alumni of the Lucerne Festival in a special multimedia Messiaen project to be performed in four cities. Return engagements as guest include the Los Angeles Philharmonic (in both a subscription week and at the Hollywood Bowl), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (premiering Salvatore Sciarrino’s new piano concerto with Jonathan Biss), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. A supporter of and mentor to students and young musicians, he also works with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, culminating in a concert at the Philharmonie. In the 2016–17 season Mr. Pintscher was the inaugural composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie; took the Ensemble Intercontemporain on tour to Asia and celebrated the orchestra’s 40th anniversary; and appeared as guest with ensembles including The Cleveland and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras. Last season also saw the premiere of Mr. Pintscher’s un despertar, his second cello concerto performed by Alisa Weilerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, and Shirim, with baritone 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. His compositions is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, orchestras, and conductors, and have been performed by distinguished ensembles including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony orchestras and the Orchestre de Paris. Bärenreiter is his exclusive publisher, and recordings of his compositions can be found on the Kairos, EMI, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter labels. He has been on the composition faculty of The Juilliard School since 2014.