Conductor Matthias Pintscher Leads the Juilliard Orchestra in the U.S. Premiere of a Work by Michael Jarrell and Works by Bartok and Pintscher on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall


Matthias Pintscher to Join the Juilliard Composition Faculty This Fall 2014

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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Matthias Pintscher
Matthias Pintscher
June Hahn (Photo by Hyoukjae Kwon)
June Hahn (Photo by Hyoukjae Kwon)
Michael Jarrell (Photo by C. Daguet/Editions Henry Lemoine)
Michael Jarrell (Photo by C. Daguet/Editions Henry Lemoine)


Conductor/composer Matthias Pintscher, who was recently appointed to Juilliard’s composition faculty beginning this fall 2014, returns to the School to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Tuesday, April 8 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Bereshit; the U.S. premiere of Swiss composer Michael Jarrell’s …Un long fracas somptueux de rapide céleste… with Juilliard percussionist June Hahn; and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. This season, Matthias Pintscher took up the post as music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and continues his partnership as artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 8 concert at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student/senior tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

Matthias Pintscher’s Bereshit had its world premiere on May 24 and 25, 2013 at Ordway Center in St. Paul by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the composer, and it has its New York premiere on this concert. The title comes from the first word of the Torah, Bereshit, and means “a” beginning, not “the beginning,” a turning point. It deals with nothing less than the act of creation, the formation of the natural. “As if you woke up in the pitch darkness of night in a strange room and only realized after a few seconds where you were. In this state you attempt to make out the shapes of the space. It is a beginning from absolute darkness and shapelessness. Quite cautiously and gradually particles free themselves, then condense and fit together in shapes.” Mr. Pintscher describes this feeling as the starting point of the composition for large ensemble. “Bereshit emerges from an initial sound as if from an absolute nothing, from a sound which subsides into percussive noises, from which elements then disentangle themselves and condense. It is a very organic piece, the material is treated quasi chronologically; it develops slowly. The composition emerges from the idea of freeing an entire compendium of sounds, gestures, rhythms, and orchestrations from an original state of sound. There is a central note, an F, which opens the piece and stretches through the piece like a horizon.”

The Juilliard Orchestra performs the U.S. premiere of Michael Jarrell’s …Un long fracas somptueux de rapide célesteon this concert.  The work was commissioned by Yasuko Miyamoto and had its world premiere on April 29, 1998 at the Volkshaus Basel with Yasuko Miyamoto joined by the Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Bernhard Wulff. The composer writes this note about the piece: “The basic idea for the opening of the work was to start with a short and powerful ‘primal explosion’ that would reappear throughout the piece in different forms, more or less regularly. This ‘art of punctuation’ is the foundation of all musical ideas, and I had been looking for a title that would express it for a long time. It was then that I discovered Julien Gracq’s very beautiful book, Un Balcon en forêt (1958). The text described the din of the cannons struck me immediately – that way of describing something so brutal and terrifying with such poetry and such expressive strength is definitely remarkable: a long sumptuous din of celestial rapids.”

Composer Michael Jarrell, a native of Geneva, Switzerland, studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Éric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States, including Tanglewood in 1979. He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik im Brisgau. His works have received numerous prizes. From 1986 to 1988, he was in residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris and took part in the computer music course at IRCAM. He resided at the Villa Médicis in Rome (1988-89), and then joined the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (1989-90). From October 1991 to June 1993, Mr. Jarrell was composer-in-residence with the Lyon Orchestra. Beginning in 1993, he became professor of composition at the University in Vienna. In 1996, he was composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, and then was heralded by the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival, which dedicated the festival to him in 2000. In 2001, the Salzburg Festival commissioned a concerto for piano and orchestra entitled, Abschied. The same year, he was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2004, he was named professor of composition at the Geneva Conservatory.

Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra was composed in the summer and early fall of 1943 and premiered in December of the following year. It was Bartók’s last completed work. The commission was from Serge Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and it came at the suggestion of Bartók’s close friends and fellow Hungarian émigrés, Joseph Szigeti and Fritz Reiner. Although Bartók was unable to attend the Boston premiere, he did hear a subsequent performance in New York City. The work can be regarded as a symphony in five movements.

About Matthias Pintscher

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 and continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its artist-in-association.

As composer and conductor, Mr. Pintscher has created significant works for some of the world’s leading orchestras, and regularly conducts throughout Europe and the U.S. Recent appearances and 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 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. Mr. Pintscher has appeared in many festivals such as Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Ljubljana, and Lucerne.

About June Hahn

Born in Southern California and raised in Korea, June Moon Kyung Hahn won first prize of the Japan Marimba Competition, as well as the Paris International Marimba Competition. She has also received the World Marimba Competition’s Young Talent Award (Shanghai, China) and the second prize, as well as ‘Best Interpretation’ Award in the International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow, Poland. Ms. Hahn has performed as soloist with the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Talich Chamber Orchestra.

Active in chamber music, Ms. Hahn has been invited to the Great Mountain Music Festival, the Tongyeong International Music Festival, Perkumania in Paris, the Poland Percussion Festival in Krakow, and the Seoul International Computer Music Festival. She recorded a joint album entitled, Juxtaposition, with traditional Korean artists, Gamin, and received “the most noticeable artist of the year” from the Korean Cultural Critics Association in 2008. At a young age, she was a member of a Cultural Volunteer Corps where she performed at orphanages, nursing homes, and hospitals. Ms. Hahn received her bachelor of music degree from Juilliard where she studied with Roland Kohloff and Joseph Pereira. She received a Diplôme de Perfectionnement at the Conservatoire de National Région de Paris where she studied with world-renowned marimbist Eric Sammut. Currently, she is finishing her master of music degree at Juilliard where she studies with Daniel Druckman.  

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Orchestra

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

June Hahn, percussion


MATTHIAS PINTSCHER Bereshit (New York premiere)

MICHAEL JARRELL …Un long fracas somptueux de rapide céleste…(U.S. premiere)

BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra


Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 8 concert at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student/senior tickets at $10 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.