Matthias Pintscher Awarded 2012 Roche Commission

Matthias Pintscher

Franz Welser-Möst Conducts the Premiere Performances of Chute d'Etoiles in Lucerne, Cleveland and in New York at Carnegie Hall

Pintscher Leads US Premiere of Ex Nihilo with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as well as Performances at Indiana University, New York Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Köln Philharmonie, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

Matthias Pintscher has been awarded the sixth commission in the history of the Roche Commissions initiative for a new work to be premiered at the Lucerne Festival in summer of 2012. The work, Chute d’etoiles, for two trumpets and orchestra, receives its world premiere performance on August 25, 2012 by The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst during the orchestra's residency at the Lucerne Festival. The US premiere performances of Chute d’etoiles are scheduled for November 8 and 10, 2012 at Severance Hall in Cleveland, and the Carnegie Hall premiere follows on November 13.

Chute d’Étoiles (“Falling Stars”) takes its title from a work by German artist Anselm Kiefer previously exhibited at the Monumenta 2007 exhibition in Paris. The work’s depiction of seven houses and three sculptures is a meditation on humanity’s divine connection with the cosmos. Pintscher writes, “We are made up of elements of the cosmos. And so we carry within ourselves the infinitely large as well as the infinitely small.” The performances feature Cleveland Orchestra musicians Michael Sachs and Jack Sutte. Michael Sachs has been principal trumpet of the orchestra since 1988. Jack Sutte joined the orchestra as second trumpet in 1999.

Established in 2003 as an innovative model of collaborative cultural sponsorship, Roche Commissions is a partnership between the Swiss-based biotech company Roche, the Lucerne Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. Previous Roche Commissions have been awarded to Toshio Hosokawa, George Benjamin and Sir Harrison Birtwistle among others.

This announcement marks the start of a busy summer season for Matthias Pintscher and his music. On June 8, Pintscher led the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in the US premiere of his Ex Nihilo for chamber orchestra. He travels to Indiana University to lead the Jacobs School of Music Festival Orchestra in his towards Osiris on June 15 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Pintscher's summer schedule is filled out with conducting appointments at the Köln Philharmonie (May 25), the BBC Scottish Symphony, where he leads their Matthias Pintscher Focus Weekend (June 22-23), The Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra (July 21-22) and the New York Philharmonic (June 29, 30), where he joins conductors Alan Gilbert and Magnus Lindberg in the New York professional premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s landmark 20th-century masterpiece Gruppen at New York City's Park Avenue Armory.

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