Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates 125th anniversary in 2020/21 season (February 2020)

Under the banner “Pittsburgh Symphony and You: Extraordinary Together”, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Manfred Honeck announced its 125th anniversary season yesterday that will feature special artist debuts, collaborations and concerts.

 “Our 125th anniversary season is a tribute to Pittsburgh, to this orchestra’s treasured heritage and to its bright future. It is so exciting to present for the first time a major work like Mahler 8, an exceptional residency with Yo-Yo Ma, the unique artistic partnerships and community engagement, and all of the many premieres, debuts and Pittsburgh firsts. Our 125th Celebration season will be inspiring, thought-provoking and riveting—and we can’t wait to share it with you,” said Manfred Honeck.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will welcome many of the world’s greatest artists to the Heinz Hall stage, including Emanuel Ax, Karina Canellakis, Matthias Goerne, Hélène Grimaud, Pablo Heras-Casado, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Juraj Valčuha, and finally Yo-Yo Ma who will visit Pittsburgh for an unprecedented three-day residency. The orchestra will showcase 10 artist debuts and introduce five new works and world premieres as well as the Pittsburgh and Heinz Hall premiere of Mahler 8, known as the Symphony of a Thousand. A new Steinway concert piano will also be making its debut to open the season.

For the first time in Pittsburgh history, all nine Beethoven symphonies will be performed in one week by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck.

“This great orchestra is known throughout the world for its rich history of the world’s best musicians and conductors, as well as its deep commitment to the people of the Pittsburgh region. It is only fitting that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 125th anniversary season with significant partnerships, collaborations, premieres and debuts that extend and amplify our distinguished history,” said Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

In this distinguished history, Music Director Manfred Honeck stands in tradition of past Music  Directors such as renowned Fritz Reiner (Music Director from 1938 – 1948), André Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1988-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1997-2004).

Find out more about the upcoming season here.

In August and September 2020, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony embark on a 12-concert, 11-city, five-country European Festivals Tour. The Pittsburgh Symphony is the only American orchestra that will perform at the prestigious Salzburg Festival and will be a featured orchestra as part of the Opening Weekend at the Beethovenfest in Bonn as well as at the Rheingau Musik-Festival, in Ljubljana, at the Lucerne Festival, in Grafenegg, at the Philharmonie Essen and other cities to be announced shortly. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins the orchestra as soloist in nine of the concerts while pianists Rudolf Buchbinder and Lukáš Vondráček also appear as featured soloists.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra nominated for three Grammy Awards (November 2019)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 has received three nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards 2020:

  • Best Orchestral Performance: Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Best Engineered Album, Classical: Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Producer of The Year, Classical: Dirk Sobotka; Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Find more information here.

Find more information on the recording here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck on tour (October 2019)

On Friday the 25th European Tour of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra starts. With its Music Director Manfred Honeck, the American top orchestra performs eleven concerts in ten cities and five countries and debuts in the Philharmonie de Paris and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg as well as concerts in the Berliner Philharmonie, Münchner Philharmonie in Gasteig and a residence in the Wiener Musikverein. Soloists of the tour are the renowned pianists Lang Lang and Igor Levit as well as the baritone Matthias Goerne.

Find more information and the tour blog here.

Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 (July 2019)

The new CD by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be released on 23 August 2019.

With the recording of Bruckner’s 9th Symphony, the PSO and Manfred Honeck continue their successful collaboration with Reference Recordings.

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 D minor (1896)

I. Feierlich – Sehr ruhig
II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft – Trio: Schnell
III. Adagio: Sehr langsam, feierlich

Hybrid SACD contains 5.0 and Stereo SACD & CD Stereo

PSO and Manfred Honeck on European Tour (May 2019)

From 25 October to 8 November 2019, the PSO will go on a major European tour with Manfred Honeck, including the Berlin and Paris Philharmonie, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Vienna Musikverein. The pianists Lang Lang and Igor Levit as well as the baritone Matthias Goerne will be soloists on the tour.

25 October, Frankfurt, Alte Oper

26 October, Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie

28 October, Hanover, Kuppelsaal in the Congress Centrum

29 October, Berlin, Philharmonie

31 October, Vienna, Musikverein

1 November, Vienna, Musikverein

3 November, Munich, Philharmonie am Gasteig

4 November, Amsterdam, Concertgebouw

5 November, Paris, Philharmonie

7 November, Brussels, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts

8 November, Düsseldorf, Tonhalle


Further information can be found here.



New season 2019/20 of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Manfred Honeck (February 2019)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Manfred Honeck have recently revealed their new season 2019/20:

In autumn 2019 they will embark on an 11-concert, 10-city, five-country European Tour.

Further highlights include the performance of the work Fountain of Youth by Pulitzer Price winner Julia Wolfe, a PSO co-commission together with Carnegie Hall and the New World Symphony, which will have its PSO premiere as the opening work of the 19/20 season under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Julia Wolfe is Musical America Composer of the Year 2019. Also the Beethoven anniversary in 2020 will be honoured by the orchestra, among others with a concert version of Fidelio as well as with the Missa Solemnis together with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan or Latvian violinist Baiba Skride  will make their debuts with the PSO among others. Renowned artists, like Gil Shaham, Hélène Grimaud, Augustin Hadelich and Yefim Bronfman will return to the PSO.

Winner of the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance in 2018, the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director Manfred Honeck will join forces again with recording weekends in January and June of 2020. Works to be recorded for future release include Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. The latest CD with Beethoven‘s  Symphony No. 3 „Eroica“ and Strauss‘ horn concerto No. 1 is nominated for the Grammy 2019, this time in three categories “Best Orchestral Performance”, “Best Engineered Album, Classical” and “Producer of the Year, Classical”.

Music Director Manfred Honeck about the new season: “This season promises to be a compelling musical journey that will inspire and provoke Pittsburgh and audiences beyond.  At heart, we are all humans and need to share love, laughter, sadness and joy. At the center of this stand-out season is the exceptional artistry of our Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and the power of great music to stir the soul. We are excited to introduce you to new works and new musical voices, and to discover new ways with signature works and with returning friends. I’m particularly looking forward to exploring the meaning and the stories behind the music of Mozart and Beethoven, two of the most significant and profound musical giants and visionaries.”

Find here further information on the new season of the PSO and Manfred Honeck.