Manfred Honeck is one of the world’s leading conductors, whose distinctive, trend-setting interpretations are recognized internationally. He has been music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008/09 season. He and the Orchestra are regularly invited to appear at the world’s leading concert halls and festivals and their highly successful collaboration is documented on numerous recordings which have been critically acclaimed and received a number of awards, including a Grammy.
Born in Austria, he completed his musical training at the Music Academy in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera gave his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado. He then went to the Zurich Opera House as first Kapellmeister, where he was awarded the European Conductor’s Award. Following positions in Leipzig, as one of the three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra, and Oslo, where he was principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, he was appointed chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2011 Manfred Honeck was general music director of the Stuttgart Opera. He has also been artistic director of the International Wolfegger Concerts for 25 years.
As a guest conductor, Manfred Honeck has appeared on the podium with all the leading international orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Vienna Philharmonic. In the USA, he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Manfred Honeck has been awarded honorary doctorates by several North American universities and was awarded the honorary title of professor by the Austrian Federal President in 2016.