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In recent years, Matthias Pintscher has been celebrated extensively on the international music scene as a composer and conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, Matthias Pintscher studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn. He received decisive impulses from his encounters with Hans Werner Henze, who invited him to Montepulciano in 1991 and 1992, and with Helmut Lachenmann, Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös. Among Pintscher’s awards and honours, the First Prize at the Hitzacker Composition Competition (1992), the Rolf Liebermann Prize and the Opera Prize of the Körber Foundation Hamburg (1993 and 1996), the Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco (1999), the Composition Prize of the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (2000) as well as the Hans Werner Henze Prize (Westphalian Music Prize) in 2002 stand out.

Matthias Pintscher first came to international attention with his opera »Thomas Chatterton« at Dresden’s Semper Opera (1998) and then again with his second opera »L'espace dernier« at the Opéra National de Paris (2004). Ever since, he has made a name for himself with major compositions for important artists and orchestras all over the world. In 2002 he was Composer in residence at the Cleveland Orchestra; during the following season he held the same position at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, in 2005 at the Lucerne Festival, in 2006/2007 at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken, in 2007/2008 at the Cologne Philharmonie and 2008/2009 at the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. Since 2010 he has been Artist in Association of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, Matthias Pintscher works regularly with major orchestras and ensembles in Europe and the USA. From 2007 to 2009 he also held a composition chair at the Music and Theatre Academy in Munich; since 2010 he has been teaching at New York University. Since 2007, he has been the Artistic Director of the Heidelberger Atelier at the festival “Heidelberg Spring”.

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