Manfred Honeck & PSO receive three Grammy nominations (December 2018)

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have been nominated for three Grammys with their current CD (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” and Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1) with the Label Reference Recordings, in the categories “Best Orchestral Performance” , “Best Engineered Album, Classical” and “Producer of the Year, Classical”.

“We are honored to be recognized again this year with these three GRAMMY® Award nominations. On behalf of the entire PSO, I want to say how pleased we are that the outstanding talent of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and our wonderful Sound Mirror and Reference Recordings Team have received this honor,“ said Music Director Manfred Honeck.

The award ceremony will take place on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Manfred Honeck extends contract with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through season 2021/22 (September 2018)

Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2008, has extended his contract with the PSO through season 2021/22.

Over the last quarter century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations and arrangements of a wide-range of repertoire. He has led the PSO to great musical heights including a GRAMMY ® this year and being named the 2018 Artist of the Year by the International Classical Music Awards. Manfred Honeck and the orchestra regularly perform in major European music capitals and at leading festivals. Through regular residencies they have built a close relationship to the Musikverein in Vienna.

“It continues to be my distinct pleasure and honor to serve as Music Director of this great orchestra,” said Manfred Honeck. “I have tremendous admiration and respect for the wonderful musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a deep affection for Pittsburgh, as well. Each year, our relationship grows stronger and stronger and in the coming years, we will have two very special celebrations—the 125th anniversary season of the PSO and the 50th anniversary season of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts as the symphony’s home. I look forward to continuing to tour and record with this orchestra and more music and outstanding performances that we will share with our city of Pittsburgh and around the world.”

60. Birthday of Manfred Honeck (September 2018)

On 17 September, Manfred Honeck will celebrate his 60. Birthday. In honour of this anniversary, the PSO has commissioned a new work by American composer Mason Bates, Resurrexit, which will have its world premiere on 28 September in Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Mason Bates is Composer of the Year 2018 at Musical America.

28, 30 September
Pittsburgh, Heinz Hall
Bates: Resurrexit, Commissioned by the PSO on the occasion of Manfred Honeck’s 60. birthday (UA)
Bruch: Violin concerto No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Pinchas Zukermann – Violin

new CD by Manfred Honeck & the PSO: Works by Beethoven & Strauss at Reference Recordings ( August 2018)

On September 21, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director Manfred Honeck will release their new CD, presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” as well as Strauss’ Horn concerto No. 1 (William Caballero – Horn) with the audiophile label Reference Recordings. It will be the eighth collaboration together with the label.

Find here further information provided by the label.