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 of his conducting and the convincing 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”.
Matthias Manasi is currently the principal guest conductor of “I Solisti di Milano”. From 2017 to 2021, he was music director of the N C Opera in Buffalo (NY, USA). With his inexhaustible musical energy and his unique artistic charisma, he brought new artistic ideas, inspiration and innovation to the musical life of one of the great cultural cities in the US.
In 2022 he returned to the Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra in Almaty where he previously conducted in 2015 and will make 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 Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory in Almaty to teach a master class in conducting with the orchestra of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory.
Manasi is much in demand as a guest conductor. Previous opera highlights include Opera Halle with Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Festival Schloss Rheinsberg with Floros’ A Bad Man’s Life and Opera Poznan with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Boris Godunow, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Shchedrin’s Anna Karenina, Halka, Eugen Onegin, Macbeth and Langer’s Figaro Gets A Divorce.
In his concerts, Matthias Manasi not only performs the core repertoire (including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Prokofiev symphonies), but also rarely heard works and several world premieres. 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, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Uruguay, Türkiye 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, Symphoniker Hamburg, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Wiener Mozart Orchester, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Orchestra Nationala Radio Bucharest, Orchestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro, Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Metroplitana di Bari, I Solisti di Milano, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Györ Philharmonic Orchestra, Liepaja 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 Warsaw (Teatr Wielki), Opera Wroclawska, Opera Poznan, Opera Opava, State Opera Rousse, Opera Constanta, Eutiner Festspiele, Belcanto Opera Festival Rossini Bad Wildbad among others.
The most important debuts in his 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 “I Solisti di Milano”, 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 Slovak Sinfonietta (postponed due to COVID-19′) and with the N.C. Opera Buffalo Verdi’s 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, Staatstheater Kassel and Staatstheater Braunschweig. From 2013 to 2015 he was under contract at the Opera Wroclawska in Wroclaw, Poland (Carmen, Les pecheurs de perles, Eugen Onegin, Macbeth, Falstaff, Rigoletto, Giovanna d’Arco,, La Traviata, Rosenkavalier, Paradise Lost, Parsifal, Fliegender Holländer, Eötvös’ Angels in America, Król Roger, Hagith, Halka, Straszny Dwor, Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, Samson et Dalilah, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, L’elisir d’amore, Fledermaus and Orefce’s Chopin).
From 2009 to 2013 Matthias Manasi was music director of the International Punta Classic 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 80 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). 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. He has appeared as a pianist in Europe, the United States and South America and has led piano concertos from the keyboard.
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 (Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart) and to Miguel Gómez Martínez (Münchner Rundfunkorchester). He has studied with mentors including Jorma Panula, Kurt Masur, Sylvain Cambreling, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Helmuth Rilling.