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.

Manfred Honeck takes over concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchester (August 2018)

Manfred Honeck will take over four concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchester in the end of August and early September. He will step in for Daniele Gatti. Soloist will be soprano Anett Fritsch.

Find here all four concerts as an overview:

23 August – Amsterdam, Concertgebouw

3 September – Ljubljana, Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Center’

4 September – Berlin, Philharmonie

5 September – Lucerne, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum (Lucerne Festival)

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Manfred Honeck: World premiere with the PSO – 10 years Music Director (June 2018)

On 8 and 10 June, conductor Manfred Honeck will conduct the world premiere of a piece by Pittsburgh composer Reza Vali with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall. The work was commissioned by the PSO on the occasion of Manfred Honeck’s 10the anniversary as Music Director at the PSO. Further, works by Mozart, Wagner, Liszt and Beethoven will be performed. Soloist of the concert will be pianist Igor Levit.

Find here more information on the concerts.