Nightcap: Curated by Matthias Pintscher

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap Series

Nightcap: Curated by Matthias Pintscher


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Feb, 2019

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. Composer / conductor Matthias Pintscher pulls back the curtain on his layered sound world, sharing the music of his deepest influences — J.S. Bach and Kurtág.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

This event complements that evening’s Philharmonic concert Matthias Pintscher will conduct featuring his mar’eh.


Matthias Pintscher


Matthias Pintscher


Matthias Pintscher Felix Broede


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.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota




The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner for the 2018–19 season, violist Nadia Sirota enjoys a varied career spanning solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a wider audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang. She won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today.

This season, Ms. Sirota teams up with the New York Philharmonic as its first-ever Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role she will host nine contemporary music concerts over two new series: Nightcap, six late-night, cabaret-style concerts curated by living composers, and Sound ON, three afternoon chamber concerts curated by Ms. Sirota and featuring Musicians from the Philharmonic.

As a soloist, Nadia Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four albums of commissioned music, most recently Tessellatum, Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and microtonal viola da gamba consort, featuring Liam Byrne. Ms. Sirota has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Ms. Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic. Its virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, Ryan Lott, and Anohni, and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers, including Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

In 2013 Nadia Sirota won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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