Manfred Honeck has been music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008/09 season. He and the orchestra perform regularly in major European music capitals as well as at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. They also appear at leading festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Musikfest Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Grafenegg Festival. Their close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna continued during a tour of European cities in the autumn of 2019 and their next festival tour of Europe will take place this summer.
Manfred Honeck’s successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony has been extensively documented on various recordings. Following two earlier Grammy nominations, their recent recording of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony won a Grammy for best orchestral performance in January 2018. Their latest recording, featuring Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, was released in August 2019 and has again been nominated for three Grammy awards.
Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck trained in Vienna and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado and artistic leader of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Early posts include music director of the Norwegian National Opera and principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. From 2000 to 2006 he was music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and from 2008 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016 principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.
From 2007 to 2011 Manfred Honeck was music director of the Stuttgart State Opera. His other operatic appearances include the Semperoper Dresden, the Komische Oper Berlin, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Danish Opera, the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival. He has also been artistic director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than 20 years.
Manfred Honeck has conducted leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as all the leading orchestras in the USA. He is a regular guest at the Verbier Festival.
Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was recently awarded an honorary professorship by the Austrian Federal President. He was named artist of the year by the International Classical Music Awards in 2018.
During the Salzburg Festival’s anniversary year in 2020, he will chair the jury of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award.