Matthias Pintscher

Matthias Pintscher, the critically acclaimed conductor, music director of Ensemble intercontemporain and most sought-after German composer of his generation, has been named composer-in-residence and the artist-in-focus for the inaugural season of Elbphilharmonie. The spectacular new venue in Hamburg, Germany, widely thought to become one of the world's ten best concert halls, has created a series of performances and festivals for its very first season of 2016/2017, focusing on Matthias Pintscher as both a conductor and a composer.

The series kicks off at Hamburg's legendary venue Laeiszhalle, which will continue to operate jointly with Elbphilharmonie: On September 6, 2016 a concert by the Lucerne Festival Academy under the leadership of Matthias Pintscher, Chief Conductor of this exciting ensemble since 2015, will feature works by Ligeti and André as well as Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite". On November 17, for the opening of Elbphilharmonie's Contemporary Music Festival GREATEST HITS, Matthias will conduct his Ensemble intercontemporain, the world-leading contemporary music group founded by Pierre Boulez, presenting Pintscher's own composition "SONIC ECLIPSE" and Boulez' "Sur Incises". This concert kicks off a carte-blanche day of the festival, overseen and curated by Matthias Pintscher.

On March 3, 2017 he will conduct Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the critically acclaimed chamber orchestra whose unique sound is based on the soloistic experience of its 41 members, at Elbphilharmonie in a concert featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard with Dvorak's piano concerto, Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, and Pintscher's own work "Ex nihilo". His appearances at Elbphilharmonie culminate in the world premiere, on April 6, 2017, of a work for baritone and orchestra commissioned from Matthias Pintscher especially for the new concert hall's inaugural season and presented by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Maestro Christoph Eschenbach.