The German conductor and pianist, Matthias Manasi, He studied piano with Andrejz Ratusinski, conducting with Thomas Ungar and composition at the University of Music Stuttgart and also piano with Carmen Piazzini at the University of Music Karlsruhe. He graduated in 1995 with Honours in Piano from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and in 1996 with Honours in Conducting from the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He attended numerous master-classes with Georg Tintner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Karl Österreicher, Jorma Panula and Kurt Masur. After his studies, he worked as an assistant to Manfred Honeck, Miguel Gómez Martínez (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) and Hilary Griffiths.
Matthias Manasi started his conducting career in 1995 with Un Ballo in Maschera at the Silesian Sate Opera. He conducted at the Silesian State Opera La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. His conducting activities include productions and performances at several European opera houses and festivals: Don Carlos (Staatstheater Kassel), Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Lortzing's Der Wildschütz, Künneke's Glückliche Reise (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater), Verdi's Il trovatore, Rigoletto and La traviata (Opera Constanta), Puccini's Turandot, Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten, Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, W.A. Mozart's Idomeneo, Georges Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, J. Strauss' Eine Nacht in Venedig, Wagner's Das Rheingold, Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo, Moniuszko's Halka, Hiller's Rattenfänger and Rossini's La Cenerentola (Kiel Opera House), Verdi's La traviata and Smetana's Die verkaufte Braut (Eutin Festival), Alban Berg's Lulu (Opera Klagenfurt), Antonio Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans (Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg), Verdi's Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro (Festival Rossini in Wildbad).
Matthias Manasi's passionate music-making in perfoming operatic and symphonic repertoire continues to inspire audiences worldwide. Matthias Manasi is the Music Director of the International Punta Classic Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has
been Music Director of the Orchestra Camerata Italiana since 2010 until 2013. He is currently under contract at Opera Wrocławska in Wrocław, Poland. He worked recently as Assistant Conductor for Der Fliegende Holländer at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. One of the highlights of the Season 2012-2013 included his debut with the Wiener Mozart Orchester in June 2013 in the Musikverein, Vienna.
As a symphonic conductor, Matthias Manasi enjoys a vast and versatile repertoire ranging from Giovanni Battista Pergolesi to the music of the 20th Century. Very much in demand as a guest conductor, he has conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Wiener Mozart Orchester, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Philharmonic Orchestra Brasov, Orchestra Camerata Italiana, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Polnische Kammerphilharmonie, Philharmonic Orchestra Györ, Philharmonic Orchestra Baden-Baden and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim. He has worked with prominent stage-directors such as Eduardo Casullo and Kirsten Harms as well as soloists such as Leonard Schreiber, Eszter Haffner and Davide Formisano, and singers such as Bernd Weikl, Manfred Jung, Rebecca Littig, Laura Brioli, Luz del Alba Rubio or Isabel Monar.
Matthias Manasi has also gained international acclaim as a pianist performing as a solo pianist in numerous recitals in Europe, USA and South America playing sonatas by W.A. Mozart, Haydn and L.v. Beethoven, Études by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and pieces by J.S. Bach, Schubert, F. Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Gershwin, Béla Bartók, Prokofiev, Schnittke, to name just a few. He frequently conducts the orchestra from the piano.
Last season saw Matthias Manasi perform with orchestras including the Orchestra Camerata Italiana with the world's first performance of C. Minicozzi's Oratorio La Passione di Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, Staatsorchester Braunschweig with Die Zauberflöte at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and the Punta Classic Festival Orchestra with La Bohème at the Punta Classic Festival in Punta del Este. 2013-2014 season highlights include engagements with the Symphony Orchestra of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Don Giovanni at the Teatro Avenida in Buenos, the Seoul Classical Players and to appear as a pianist in L.v. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in South Korea. He will also conduct in 2014 the Orchestra of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.