More About Matthias Manasi

Photo: Julia Baier, BerlinPhoto: Julia Baier, Berlin

Matthias Manasi, conductor

Matthias Manasi grew up in a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher and organist, and his father was a church musician, organist, and choir conductor. Matthias gave his first piano recital at the age of 10.

He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. There he studied piano with Andrejz Ratusinski, orchestral conducting with Thomas Ungar, harpsichord with Siegfried Petrenz, and composition with Michael Schmid. He also studied piano with Carmen Piazzini at the University of Music, Karlsruhe. Matthias Manasi has gained international acclaim for his performances of operatic and symphonic repertoire, and as a pianist.

After his studies, he worked an assistant conductor at the Kiel Opera and the Staatstheater Oldenburg and as an assistant conductor for Miguel Gómez Martínez and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester at the Bayerischer Rundfunk München. At this time he also started his conducting career with Un ballo in maschera at the Silesian State Opera, followed by La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte.

After this engagement he then started to conduct an extensive repertory holding positions as Kapellmeister at the Passau Opera and the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie. During his tenure, such repertory included works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Donizetti, Rossini, d’Albert, J. Strauß, and many others.

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Photo: Alessandro MarcheseOrchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Photo: Alessandro Marchese
In Warsaw, 2012

His love of opera rapidly led to his engagement in a number of European opera houses and festivals. He also appeared with various orchestras, principally in Europe. His successes of conducting various styles of opera did not go unnoticed, and in 2010, he became the music director and chief conductor of the International Punta Classic Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay.

His engagement as chief conductor of the Orchestra Camerata Italiana allowed him to increase his repertoire in the field of masterpieces for chamber orchestra. Matthias has conducted 385 performances of 36 operas, operettas, and musicals. He also can speaks six different languages. This has helped him to master a wide operatic repertoire.

Matthias Manasi’s career as an international pianist is also quite remarkable. He has performed as a solo pianist in numerous recitals in Germany, the United States, and South America. His debut as a pianist in the US was a piano recital at the Osborne Theatre in New York. After this debut, he made a successful tour of piano recitals in New York, Washington, Silver Springs, and Baltimore. He also played a very successful concert at the Residenz München. He made his debut as a pianist in South America with a concert tour through Ecuador. He enjoys conducting the orchestra from the piano.

Beside his intense activities as an opera conductor, he has always been very interested in conducting the great masterpieces of the symphonic repertory. Matthias Manasi’s conducting is specially appreciated for symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Tschaikowsky and Bruckner and also for the symphonic pieces by Bartók, Stravinsky, Casella and Prokofiev.

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