Manfred Honeck has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008/09 season. The 2017/18 season marks ten years of this acclaimed partnership and in honour of the occasion, three programmes in Pittsburgh will feature a special commission to commemorate a decade of successful music-making.
Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are celebrated both at home and abroad, including on their various European tours. Together, they perform at major festivals, such as the BBC Proms, the Musikfest Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Grafenegg Festival, as well as at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and have built a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna.
Manfred Honeck’s work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been documented on various award-winning recordings, featuring works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler, Shostakovich, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. Their recent recordings of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony and of Dvo?ák’s Eighth Symphony, paired with Manfred Honeck’s own Symphonic Suite from Janá?ek’s Jen?fa, were nominated for Grammy Awards.
From 2007 to 2011 Manfred Honeck was music director of the Stuttgart Opera and he has also conducted at 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. Furthermore, he has been artistic director of the International Concerts Wolfegg for more than 20 years.
Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and was subsequently engaged by the Zurich Opera, where he was awarded the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. He went on to significant positions with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera and the Oslo Philharmonic. From 2000 to 2006 he was music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and from 2008 to 2011, and again from 2013 to 2016, he was principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.
Manfred Honeck works with various leading international orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as with all the major US orchestras.
During the 2017/18 season he will conduct the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Concert and returns to the Orchestre de Paris, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, as well as continuing his regular collaborations with the New York Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was recently awarded the title of honorary professor by the Austrian Federal President.