Ensemble Intercontemporain has change of chief

Ensemble Intercontemporain has change of chief


norman lebrecht

December 02, 2021

Pierre Bleuse will become Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain from 2023. He succeeds Matthias Pintscher, who will have led for ten years.

The Ensemble, founded by Pierre Boulez as a cutting-edge assault troupe, has rather faded over time.


  • Dimitri Vassilakis says:

    Dear Mr. Lebrecht ,
    The faded out ensemble was the first foreign group to be invited to perform in Japan last August ( under strict quarantine conditions ) since the Vienna Philharmonic in November 2020 and a few days later celebrated the 21/22 season opening concert and the 100th anniversary of Moscow s prestigious Tchaikovsky hall performing the Russian premiere of Boulez s Repons …

  • John Borstlap says:

    Maybe it has faded a bit because of the works. For instance, this is Lachenmann, although there is not much to laugh:


  • The View from America says:

    The ensemble will be in good hands with Pierre Bleuse.

  • M2N2K says:

    He must have had a huge advantage compared to his competitors thanks to his name being so similar to that of the revered Founder.

  • Michèle Aupetit says:

    Dear Sir ,
    I am writing to bring you to notice an unfortunate error in your criticizing the ‘ health’ of the Ensemble Intercontemporain . Pierre Boulez passed a few years ago but the ensemble he created keeps performing in the most prestigious places all over the world – even under severe circumstances you definitely are aware of .
    I would be obliged if you would therefore make sure of the facts before writing a critic we usually enjoy reading.
    Yours faithfully