Matthias Pintscher – Conductor
Ethan Bensdorf, Matthew Sonneborn, David Dash — Trumpet
Vivaldi – Concerto for Trumpets in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1, RV 537
Stravinsky – Le chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Known both as a composer and conductor, Matthias Pintscher’s understanding of a score from its creator’s perspective has informed his unique interpretive gifts and ability to communicate with musicians from the podium. Recently appointed to the position of Music Director with the esteemed Ensemble InterContemporain, Pintscher has been praised for his affinity for contemporary work, but has also established a reputation as a natural interpreter of late 19th and 20th century compositions. Pintscher’s program with the Naples Philharmonic includes Vivaldi’s only known trumpet concerto, Stravinsky’s symphonic take on his earlier opera Le Rossignol and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Beethoven, himself, called his Seventh Symphony, “one of my best works,” and critics at the time hailed it as one of “the most perfect symphonies ever written.”
A prominent composer and conductor, Matthias Pintscher has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras, and his intrinsic understanding of the score from the composer’s perspective informs his ability to communicate on the podium. He regularly conducts throughout Europe, Australia and the United States with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony and Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition to his regular touring engagements, Pintscher holds the position of Music Director with respected new music practitioners Ensemble Intercontemporain and Artist-in-Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with composer Peter Eötvös, but composing took a more prominent role in his life while he was in his early twenties. Soon after, he divided his time equally between the disciplines of conducting and composing. Naturally noted for his interpretations of contemporary music, he also developed an affinity for repertoire of the late 19th and the 20th centuries—Bruckner, the French romantic masters, Beethoven, Berlioz, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and for the Second Viennese School.