soloists and ensembles of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Matthias Pintscher

“The Universe of Matthias Pintscher”


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Vergangenes Konzert

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On Tour

14.10.-22.10. 2018





    soloists and ensembles of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher  conductor, conversationalist, reader, sommelier
    Dorothee M. Kalbhenn  interviewer

    Part 1: Pre-Party
    works by Robert Schumann and Matthias Pintscher and artist conversation

    Part 2: Showtime
    Wine, Art, and Music in the Kleiner Saal and in the Foyer

    Matthias Pintscher (*1971)
    Uriel for cello and piano
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Sonata for flute, viola, and harp
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Andante and Variations in B-flat major, WoO 10 for two pianos, two cellos, and horn
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970)
    Sonata for Solo Cello
    Matthias Pintscher (*1971)
    Beyond (a System for Passing) for solo flute

    Part 3: Late Night
    Favorite red wine and favorite works by and with Matthias Pintscher

    John Cage (1912–1992)
    Seven Haiku for solo piano
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Piano Trio in E-flat major, D 897 Notturno
    Matthias Pintscher (*1971)
    Svelto for violin, cello, and piano
    Occultation from Sonic Eclipse

    Under the title “Multiversum Matthias Pintscher,” the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s Principal Conductor is helping shape the inaugural season of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. And naturally he is also be bringing the musicians of Lucerne’s Academy north with him. In September he and the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY toured to what was still the Hamburg Laeizhalle to open the season. Now Matthias Pintscher, together with a hand-picked group of Academy Alumni, will demonstrate the full spectrum of his artistry: as conductor and composer, through works he has written and key works by colleagues who have influenced him, as well as through insights into his love for the visual arts, poetry, and cuisine.

    soloists and ensembles of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,000 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally accomplished orchestras,  who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide  help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”

    May 2017

    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he re-
    gards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. In this capacity, he performed there with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

    July 2018

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