Matthias Manasi is one of the most distinguished and innovative conductors of the international conductor scene with a diverse repertoire range and is recognized for his knowledgeable and insightful interpretations, encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performances, and contemporary scores. Celebrated for the extraordinary combination of precision and temperament ofhis conducting and the fascinating depth of his musical understanding, Matthias Manasi stays in the focus of international attention and is one of the most prominent conductors of the younger generation The Austrian newspaper ‘Heute’ wrote after a concert: »Matthias Manasi delivered an outstanding performance in the legendary, heavenly acoustics of the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna«. The ‘Factanet Rome’ wrote after a concert: »It was a great interpretation that added value to Manasi’s work and that proclaims him as one of the most important conductors of our time«.
From 2017 to 2021, Matthias Manasi was music director of the N. C. Opera Buffalo (NY, USA). With his inexhaustible creativity and unique artistic flair, he brought inspiration and innovation to the musical life of one of the most interesting cultural cities in the US.
In the 2021/2022 season, Matthias Manasi returned to the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra in Almaty where he previously conducted in 2015 and makes his debut with the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra at the Astana Opera in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. In April 2022 he accepted an invitation from the National Conservatory of Kazakhstan in Almaty to teach a master class in conducting with the Orchestra of the National Conservatory in Almaty.
Very much in demand as a guest conductor, he works with numerous leading orchestras worldwide and the renowned opera houses in Germany, Austria, Italy, the USA, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Uruguay, Turkey and Brazil, such as the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Vantaa Orchestra Helsinki, SWR Symphonieorchester, Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Staatsorchester Kassel, Staatsorchester Hannover, Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Wiener Mozart Orchester, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Orchestra Nationala Radio Bucarest, Orchestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro, Orchestra Sinfonica Metroplitana di Bari, I Solisti di Milano, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Györ Philharmonic Orchestra, Liepeja Symphony Orchestra, Adana State Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Camerata, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim among others.
Over recent seasons he has worked with internationally renowned soloists such as Bernd Weikl, Laura Brioli, Manfred Jung, Veronica Anusca, Stefan Ignat, Eszter Haffner, Hugo Ticciati, Alexander Hülshoff, Filippo Faes, Luz del Alba Rubio, Leonel Morales Alonso, Renée Morloc, Hartmut Schneider, Silvana Dussmann, Aida Ayupova, Leonard Schreiber, Franz Hawlata, Eric Silberger, Julia Rutigliano, Meagan Miller, Lise Lindstrom, Johannes von Duisburg, Eva Tracz, Bishara Haroni, Yaron Kohlberg, Alexander Teliga, Evelyn Herlitzius or Vladimir Chmelo.
In the field of opera he has worked as conductor at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Staatstheater Kassel, Oper Leipzig, Theater Bremen, Oper Halle, Kieler Oper, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Polish National Opera (Teatr Wielki) Warsaw, Opera Wroclawska, Opera Poznan, Opera Opava, State Opera Rousse, Opera Constanta., Eduard-von-Winterstein Theater, Opera Passau among others.
The most important debuts in Matthias Manasi’s 2019/2020 season were with the Rio Grande do Norte Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) and with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (USA) where he appeared also as a pianist.
Matthias Manasi’s 2020/2021 season included debuts with the Orchestra ‘I Solisti di Milano’ (postponed due COVID-19′), a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Associazione Culturale Giuseppe Verdi in Milan (postponed due to COVID-19) a CD–recording with the Orchestra ‘I Solisti di Milano (postponed due to COVID-19), a CD-recording with the Slowak Sinfonietta (postponed due to COVID-19′), with the N. . Opera Buffalo Verdis Aida at the ArtPark in Buffalo, NY (cancelled due to COVID-19). He conducted concerts with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (USA) with a mostly Beethoven program to celebrate the composer’s 250th anniversary and was in October 2020 in Milan for a CD recording with the Orchestra ‘I Solisti di Milano’.
The German conductor began his career at the Kiel Opera, where he worked from 1995 to 1997, followed by positions at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, the Opera Passau and the Staatstheater Kassel. From 2013 to 2015 he was under contract at the Opera Wroclawska in Wroclaw, Poland (Bizet’s Carmen, Les pêcheurs de perles, Tschaikowsky’s Eugen Onegin, Verdi’s Macbeth, Falstaff, Rigoletto, La Traviata, R. Strauss’ Rosenkavalier, Penderecki’s Paradise Lost, Wagner’s Parsifal, Fliegender Holländer, Eötvös’ Angels in America, Szymanowski’s Król Roger, Hagith; Moniuszko’s Halka, Straszny Dwór and Orefce’s Chopin.
From 2009 to 2013 Matthias Manasi was music director of the International PuntaClassic Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay. From 2010 to 2013, he was chief conductor and artistic director of the Orchestra Camerata Italiana in Naples, Italy. The Orchestra Camerata Italiana achieved under him outstanding quality with live recordings on Italian television, with numerous works from baroque to some world premieres.
His operatic repertoire includes more than 100 works, including numerous 20th and 21st-century operas, such as Rodion Shchedrin’s Anna Karenina, Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America, Penderecki’s Paradise Lost, Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce (2016) and Marc Aurel Floros’ A Bad Man’s Life (1918). He is also famous as a conductor for ballet performances. A multi-faceted opera and concert conductor and passionate advocate for new music and film music, he conducts film-in- concert events worldwide (Harry Potter Film Concert Series) for CineConcerts (Los Angeles).
Matthias Manasi has also gained international acclaim as a pianist and often plays piano while conducting.
Matthias Manasi studied piano with Andrzej Ratusinski at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and with Carmen Piazzini at the State University of Music Karlsruhe. He studied conducting with Thomas Ungar at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and with Karl Österreicher in Vienna. Matthias Manasi was assistant to Heinz Holliger (SWR Symphonieorchester) to Manfred Honeck (International Bachakademie Stuttgart), to Miguel Gómez Martínez (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) and to Hillary Griffiths (Symphoniker Hamburg). Matthias Manasi also studied conducting with Georg Tintner,, Larry Newland, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jorma Panula, Helmuth Rilling, Kurt Redel and Kurt Masur.