Matthias Pintscher sees his two main spheres of activity –composing and conducting—entirely complementary and he divides his time equally between the two disciplines. He has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras, and his intrinsic understanding of the score from the composer’s perspective informs his ability to communicate from the podium. He regularly conducts throughout Europe, the U.S. and Australia. In June 2012, he was named by the Ensemble Intercontemporain as its next music director, beginning in the 2013-14 season. In the 2012-13 season Pintscher made debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony in Miami, Colorado Symphony, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony at the London Proms and the Huddersfield Festival. At the Beethoven Festival in Chicago he conducted an all-Beethoven program that included a choreographed production of The Creatures of Prometheus. Return engagements have brought him again to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and took him as well to the New York Philharmonic, Curtis Orchestra, and the Grand Tetons Music Festival. With the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic he conducted the 25th anniversary celebration of the chamber hall at the Berlin Philharmonie. In December 2012 he appeared on the Leading European Composer series at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Peter Eötvös, but composing took a more prominent role in his life when he was in his early twenties. He may justly be called the most sought-after German composer of his generation, and his music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, orchestras and conductors. Matthias Pintscher makes his home in New York and Paris. His works are published exclusively by Bärenreiter-Verlag, and he works and records with Kairos, EMI, ECM, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter.
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