The Juilliard School is pleased to announce the appointments of two distinguished artists and educators to its composition faculty beginning this fall 2014. Composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher and composer Steven Stucky will be joining the composition faculty in the College Division.
As composer Matthias Pintscher found success at an early age and is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the 2012 Roche Commission. He works regularly with leading contemporary music ensembles and since 2011 has directed the music segment of Impuls Romantik Festival in Frankfurt. He also served as artistic director of the Heidelberg Atelier of the Heidelberg Spring Festival since 2007, now known as the Heidelberg Young Composers' Academy.
As conductor, this season Matthias Pintscher takes up post as the music director of Ensemble Intercontemporain continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its artist-in-association. As composer and conductor, he has created significant works for some of the world’s leading orchestras, and regularly conducts throughout Europe and the U.S. Recent and upcoming conducting debuts include the Atlanta, Colorado, and New World symphony orchestras, Quebec Symphony, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Other highlights this season include tours to Geneva, Cologne, and Holland with the Ensemble Intercontemporain; performances with the New York, Naples, and Slovenian philharmonic orchestras, Utah Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Paris Opera Orchestra, Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Sinfonieorchester, and concerts in Chicago and Tel Aviv. He has appeared in many festivals such as Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Ljubljana, and Lucerne.
Steven Stucky is one of America’s most highly regarded and frequently performed living composers and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. Notable recent premieres include Symphony (2012) by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Stars and the Roses (2012) by the Berkeley Symphony, Say Thou Dost Love Me (2012) by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Take Him, Earth (2012) at the American Choral Directors Association Conference, Silent Spring (2011) by the Pittsburgh Symphony, Chamber Concerto (2010) by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Rhapsodies (2008) by the New York Philharmonic at London’s BBC Proms. Mr. Stucky’s August 4, 1964 (2007-08), a Dallas Symphony commission, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy® Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” This season, the Washington Choral Society presented the East Coast premiere of Take Him, Earth; Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony play Stucky’s take on Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1992) in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; and the Ojai Music Festival premieres his first opera, The Classical Style.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Stucky served as resident composer and new music advisor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and from 2005 to 2009 he was host of the New York Philharmonic’s “Hear and Now” series. His Cradle Songs and Whispers were commissioned and recorded by Chanticleer. The two discs were Billboard-charting bestsellers, and both won Grammy Awards.
Steven Stucky has taught at the Eastman School of Music, University of California at Berkeley, Temple, and, since 1980, Cornell University, where he has served as the Given Foundation Professor of Music.
Juilliard continues to provide a strong education in composition; bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs are offered in composition. The current members of Juilliard’s composition faculty are Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser, John Corigliano, and Christopher Rouse, and recent alumni include Mason Bates, Kenji Bunch, Nico Muhly, and Sean Shepherd, among others.
About the Juilliard School
The Juilliard School established this country's standard for performing arts education, beginning with music in 1905. Its alumni are among the most famous recitalists, orchestral and operatic musicians, administrators, and teachers. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, combining contemporary and ballet technique. Its accomplished alumni also include many of today’s celebrated choreographers. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. Jazz performance was initiated in 2001 and Historical Performance in 2009. Most recently, Juilliard expanded its acting education to include a master’s degree program whose first class entered in fall 2012. In 2009, Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program; and also collaborates with Carnegie Hall, founding The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, and Ensemble ACJW; Signature Theatre – for Juilliard Drama’s ‘Professional Studio’; and the New York Philharmonic, whose music director Alan Gilbert also is Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies. Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was recently appointed artistic director of Juilliard Jazz. Currently more than 800 young artists from 35 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) and 44 foreign countries attend Juilliard.