Manfred Honeck

Over the last quarter century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations. For more than a decade, he has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Consistently recognized for their performances, he and the orchestra are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad, performing regularly in major European music capitals. As a guest conductor, Manfred Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras. Manfred Honeck and the PSO also enjoy a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna which will be continued in the course of the next major tour of European cities in autumn 2019.

The 2019/20 season will bring Manfred Honeck as guest conductor to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the viola section in the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp, and his art of interpretation is based on his determination to delve deep beneath the surface of the music. He began his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and as artistic leader of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. He has also served as one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra, as Music Director of the Norwegian National Opera, Principal Guest Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm. Moreover, he has been Artistic Director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for twenty-five years.

From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival. In Beethoven’s anniversary year of 2020, Manfred Honeck will conduct a new staging of Fidelio (1806 version) at Theater an der Wien.

Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities. Most recently, he was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President. The expert jury of the International Classical Music Awards selected him as "Artist of the Year" 2018.

Manfred Honeck beim Beethovenfest





6:00 pm

Beethoven and Bartók


  • Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Manfred Honeck conductor
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Béla Bartók
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«