Matthias Pintscher Conducts Two New York Premieres

The New York Philharmonic

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Alisa Weilerstein & Matthias Pintscher


David Geffen Hall

Price Range

$39.00 - $69.00

Date & Times


Jun, 2014

Friday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Presented by the New York Philharmonic

One night only! Cellist Alisa Weilerstein stars in Matthias Pintscher’s Reflections on Narcissus. Pintscher also conducts a New York Premiere by Elliott Carter.

Biennial Free Friday: the first 100 fans aged 13–26 get a free ticket (go to Window 1 at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM).

Play Date with composers/performers following the performance at Bar Biennial located in Avery Fisher Hall.

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Andrew McManus

Strobe (World Premiere)



Instances (New York Premiere)


Matthias Pintscher

Reflections on Narcissus (New York Premiere)


Matthias Pintscher


Matthias Pintscher


Matthias Pintscher Felix Broede


Matthias Pintscher is music director of Ensemble intercontemporain, the contemporary music ensemble founded by Pierre Boulez. Equally known as one of today’s foremost composers, Mr. Pintscher will have two works premiered this season: Nur, a concerto for piano and ensemble performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble conducted by the composer, and a new work for baritone, chorus, and orchestra performed by Dietrich Henschel and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra led by Kent Nagano.

This season Mr. Pintscher serves as creative chair for Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and he is finishing a nine-year term as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-association. Additionally, he makes his debuts with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Berlin Staatsoper, where he conducts the World Premiere of Violetter Schnee, a new opera by Beat Furrer. He returns to conduct the New York Philharmonic, leading the New York Premiere of his own mar’eh and curating a Kravis Nightcap event, as well as The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and New World symphony orchestras. In Europe, Mr. Pintscher returns to the Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Helsinki Philharmonic.

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Alisa Weilerstein


Alisa Weilerstein


Alisa Weilerstein


In the 2018–19 season, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship winner, releases Transfigured Night on Pentatone, on which she is joined by Norway’s Trondheim Soloists for Haydn’s First and Second Cello Concertos and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Two Scandinavian performances of the album’s repertoire with the same ensemble opened the season. In the spring she returns to Verklärte Nacht but in a chamber music version, when she tours Europe and the US with pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and percussionist Colin Currie. Also in the season she performs Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with five different orchestras; tours the US playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov, and plays the Schumann Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Bloch’s Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque in cities ranging from San Diego to Vienna. Finally, she gives two performances of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto, Un despertar, with the composer leading both the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She performs Bach’s complete cello suites in Beverly Hills, Paris, Berkeley, for Boston’s Celebrity Series, and at Hamburg’s Elbiphilharmonie.

Ms. Weilerstein’s career milestones include an emotionally-tumultuous account of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Daniel Barenboim in Oxford, and a performance at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama. A champion of new music, she has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Pintscher, and premiered works by Pascal Dusapin, Lera Auerbach, and Joseph Hallman. Ms. Weilerstein, whose honors include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal Prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a celebrity advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic

Special Thanks
Major support for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL is provided by The Francis Goelet Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

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