In conversation with Composer Matthias Pintscher
In anticipation of their performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, join leading German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher
, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein
and French conductor François-Xavier Roth
for a panel discussion, moderated by Matthew Guerrieri.
Alisa Weilerstein will give the World Premiere performance of Matthias Pintscher's un despertar
for cello and orchestra, commissioned by the BSO, on March 23, 24 and 25 at Symphony Hall.
© Matthias Pintscher
is the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain
. Beginning in 2016/17 he also takes up post as Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy
. He continues his partnerships with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
as its Artist-in-Association, and with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra
as Artist-in-Residence. Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras and regularly conducts throughout Europe, the U.S., and Australia.
was born in 1982, and after persuading her parents to buy her a real cello at the age of four, she developed a natural affinity for the instrument and gave her first public performance six months later.
She made her debut at age 13 playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations
at the Cleveland Orchestra
. As a soloist she has performed with a number of other major orchestras on four continents.
Weilerstein has appeared at major music festivals throughout the world, including Aspen, Bad Kissingen, Delft, Edinburgh, Jerusalem Chamber Music, La Jolla SummerFest, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and Verbier. In addition to her appearances as a soloist and recitalist, Weilerstein performs regularly as a chamber musician. She has been part of a core group of musicians at the Spoleto Festival USA
for the past eight years and also performs with her parents, Donald and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, as the Weilerstein Trio, the trio-in-residence at Boston's New England Conservatory.
© François Roth
, born in Paris in November 1971, is one of the most charismatic and enterprising conductors of his generation. He is General Music Director of the City of Cologne, leading both the Gürzenich Orchestra
and the Opera, and Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg.
His repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work and encompasses all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. In 2003, he founded the innovative orchestra, Les Siècles
, which performs contrasting and colorful programmes on modern and period instruments, often within the same concert. With Les Siècles
, he has given concerts in France, Italy, Germany, England and Japan.
has written regularly about music for the Boston Globe
, as well as Vanity Fair
, The American Scholar
, Musical America
, and Slate magazines
. He is the author of The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2012).