Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade, continuing a legacy of musicmaking that is celebrated at home, abroad, and on recordings, including the 2018 Grammy award for Best Orchestral Performance. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Mr. Honeck and the orchestra regularly perform in major European music capitals and at leading festivals such as Beethovenfest Bonn, BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Grafenegg Festival, and the Salzburg Festival. They continue a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna.
Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. He was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and began his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado. He was subsequently engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the European Conductor’s Award. Following early posts as one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony in Leipzig and as principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, he was appointed music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony in Stockholm. For several years, he also served as principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Honeck was music director of the Stuttgart State Opera. Operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, and the Salzburg Festival.
As a guest conductor Mr. Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, and the Vienna Philharmonic. He is a regular guest with major American orchestras, including those of New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2017.
Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President. An international jury of critics selected him as the International Classical Music Awards Artist of the Year for 2018.