Matthias Pintscher

German composer and conductor (1971, Marl, Germany)

Matthias Pintscher's young career was marked by many scholarships and opportunities, thanks to his exceptionally fruitful path and creativity. He mainly focused on two areas: composition and conducting.

Matthias Pintscher studied piano, percussion and violin, then conducting. At the age of 15, he conducted the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Marl, Germany. After a trip to London in 1988 to study, he attended some composition courses under Giselher Klebe at the University of Music Detmold. In 1990, he met Hans Werner Henze and, from 1992 to 1994, he studied first with Manfred Trojahn in Düsseldorf, then with Peter Eötvös in 1994 in Vienna.

Matthias Pintscher’s creations distinguish themselves by their sound universe, their construction and their expressive accuracy. He wrote two operas, many orchestral works, some concertos and a number of chamber music works. The influence of visual arts and of poetry has been significant throughout his career: Giacometti, for example, is evoked in one of his string quartets, and Rimbaud’s poems can also be found in many of his pieces, such as the opera L’espace dernier, created in 2004 at the Bastille Opera House.

Pintscher works as a professor of composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and at the Juilliard School in New York. At the same time, he is also Music Director of the Ensemble InterContemporain. He develops an important career as a conductor all over the world, and he works in close cooperation with Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach and Daniel Harding.

5 landmark dates in the life of Matthias Pintscher:

2002: Westphalian Music Prize.

2008: Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra create Osiris.

2010: he became the first Artist-in-Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

2012: he was appointed music director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, starting from season 2013-2014.

2014: he became professor of composition at the Juilliard School.

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Biography from Radio France’s document database, May 2014.