This month, Matthias Pintscher will make his debuts with both the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. In Rotterdam, Matthias will conduct a programme including Stravinsky’s Le Chant du Rossignol, Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin and a work of his own titled Shirim. With the Orchestra de Paris, Matthias will conduct works including Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 and Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos (2017) performed with Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Pintscher returns to “The Song of Solomon,” or “Shir Hashirim,” which he has used as the basis for several compositions, this time focusing on texts from the first two chapters. What draws Pintscher to the text is its intense concentration of expression. “The words are islands of expression,” he writes, “they circle around within themselves and are so rich in content that each word radiates towards the next.” Schott Music NY, Comments from the World Premiere of Shirim in 2017.
Further highlights this season included debuts with The Boulez Ensemble with Daniel Barenboim as well as at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in performances of Beat Furrer’s Opera Violetter Schnee. Matthias will also appear with the Chicago Symphony, New World Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras and make his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic. Matthias will also be the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Artist in Residence and Tonhalle Creative Chair for the 2018/19 season.