Matthias Pintscher Appointed Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy

Matthias Pintscher
Lucerne Festival


Matthias Pintscher has been named Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, beginning in summer 2016 for a term of five years. Pintscher joins Wolfgang Rihm, who will succeed Pierre Boulez as Artistic Director. 

The Lucerne Festival Academy was founded in 2004 by Pierre Boulez together with the Festival's Executive Director Michael Haefliger. It is regarded as a unique international educational campus in the field of contemporary classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries. It offers continuing training for some 120 instrumentalists between 18-32 years of age from all over the world, and also for young directors and composers. As Principal Conductor, Matthias Pintscher will be responsible for an overall Academy program every summer, as well as focus on developing the Academy Orchestra.

Michael Haefliger, Lucerne Festival's Executive & Artistic Director, remarks: "This summer Matthias Pintscher has returned for a third time as a teacher and conductor to help shape the Academy's work in marvelous ways, as seen for example in the recent 'Day for Pierre Boulez.' To have secured him as the future Principal Conductor will be a great enhancement for the Lucerne Festival!"

In 2016, Pintscher and the Academy Orchestra will explore Stravinsky's Firebird, Mark Andre's hij 1, and Ligeti's San Francisco Polyphony, presenting these works in a closing performance. Pintscher will also conduct the Ensemble intercontemporain, of which he is the Music Director, in the Academy's opening concert. Other conductors who will work with the Academy Orchestra include Alan Gilbert and Susanna Mälkki. Percussionist Martin Grubinger and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will also appear as soloists with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. 

MATTHIAS PINTSCHER, born in 1971 in Marl, Germany, ranks among the most successful composers of the younger generation. His works for orchestra have been premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra, while his operatic works have been premiered at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra National de Paris. He was the Lucerne Festival's Composer-in-Residence during summer 2006. As conductor Pintscher has been developing a wide repertoire especially of works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has conducted such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bayerische Rundfunk; in September 2015 he will make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. Pintscher has served as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain since the 2013-14 season, and since 2010 has enjoyed a partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its Artist-in-Association. In 2014 he began a 3-year appointment as Artist-in-Residence with the orchestras of the Danish National Symphony. Pintscher is also on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School in New York. 

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