Renowned for his distinctive interpretations, Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He and the orchestra are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad and regularly perform in major music capitals and festivals. This successful collaboration has also been extensively documented on recordings.
Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Several years as member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his conducting career as assistant of Claudio Abbado in Vienna. After early posts in Zurich, Oslo and Leipzig he became Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and, subsequently, the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
As a guest conductor he has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was awarded the title of Honorary Professor by the Austrian Federal President.