Matthias Pintscher is the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and became Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season. Since 2010, he has served as artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2017-18 season, Pintscher makes several significant debuts including with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. Return guest engagements this season include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season, Pintscher was featured as the inaugural composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Other highlights included guest appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Bayerische Rundfunk, among others.
Matthias Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Peter Eötvös in his early twenties, during which time composing soon took a more prominent role in his life. He began to divide his time equally between conducting and composing, rapidly gaining critical acclaim in both areas of activity. As composer, Pintscher's works have been performed by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. Bärenreiter is his exclusive publisher, and recordings of his compositions can be found on Kairos, EMI, Teldec, Wergo, and Winter & Winter. Pintscher has been on the composition faculty of the Juilliard School since 2014.