Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world's leading conductors, whose unmistakable and trend-setting interpretations are receiving great international acclaim. For more than a decade, he has been Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where his contract will run until 2022. He and the orchestra are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad. Guest appearances regularly include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as major European music cities and major festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Berlin Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Grafenegg Festival. The close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna will be continued in autumn 2019 as part of the next major tour of European cities

His successful work in Pittsburgh is extensively documented by numerous recordings for the label Reference Recordings. All SACDs featuring works by Strauss, Beethoven, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky and others have received a number of outstanding reviews and awards, including a number of Grammy nominations. The recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Barber's Adagio won the GRAMMY for "Best Orchestral Performance" in 2018. Most recently, Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 was published in August 2019.

Born in Austria, he completed his musical education at the University of Music in Vienna. His many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra have had a lasting influence on his work as a conductor. His art of interpretation is based on his determination to venture deep beneath the surface of the music. Manfred Honeck began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado in Vienna and as director of the Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra Vienna. He then became the first Kapellmeister to the Zurich Opera House, where he was awarded the European Conducting Prize in 1993. He has since served as one of the three principal conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, as Musical Director of the Norwegian National Opera, as First Guest Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic, and Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm.

From 2007 to 2011 Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Stuttgart State Opera. There he conducted, among others, premieres of Berlioz ' Les Troyens , Mozart's Idomeneo, Verdi's Aida, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Rosenkavalier by R. Strauss, the bat by Johann Strauss, and Wagner's Lohengrin and Parsifal. Performances in opera led him to the Semperoper Dresden, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival. In the Beethoven anniversary year 2020 he will take over the musical direction of the new staging of Fidelio in the version of 1806 at the Theater an der Wien. On the other side of the conductor's podium, Manfred Honeck has designed a series of symphonic suites based on scenic works, including Janáček's Jenůfa , Strauss' Elektra and Dvořák's Rusalka. These arrangements, all of which he recorded with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, are also performed regularly with orchestras around the world.

As a guest conductor, Manfred Honeck has been at the podium of all leading international orchestras, including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchester de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic; in the United States, he has directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. He has also been Artistic Director of the International Wolfegger Concerts for twenty-five years. Manfred Honeck has been honored by several universities in the United States as an honorary doctorate. On behalf of the Austrian Federal President, he was honored in 2016 with the professional title Professor. The jury of the International Classical Music Awards awarded him "Artist of the Year" in 2018.

Season 2019/2020 (August 2019)

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