The German conductor Matthias Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Peter Eötvös. After he became more successful as a composer, he divided his time equally between conducting and composition.
As a conductor, Pintscher has a great affinity with contemporary music, alongside composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Bruckner, Ravel, Debussy and the Second Viennese School.
In 2013, Pintscher was appointed music director of the Ensemble InterContemporain and he assumed the post of principal conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in September 2016. He is maintaining his relationships with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist in association and with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as artist in residence.
As a guest conductor, Pintscher has led many orchestras in Europe, the United States and Australia – most recently the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
He garnered acclaim as a composer early on in his career, winning numerous prizes for his compositions, including the Roche Commission in 2012. His works are regularly performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Pintscher joined the composition department of the Juilliard School of Music in New York in 2014.
Matthias Pintscher is making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.