Marking Manfred Honeck’s decade at helm of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: March 7, 2018

Manfred Honeck “is celebrating his 10th anniversary as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Sunday’s (3/4) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s 10 years of world premieres, European tours, a labor strike, collaborative projects with Music for the Spirit and other Pittsburgh institutions, internationally acclaimed recordings and this year, a pair of Grammy awards…. After leading the Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra and others, Mr. Honeck began his tenure with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2008. At the time, he said to the Post-Gazette: ‘It is no exaggeration to say that the orchestra and I got on like a house on fire.’… After a decade here he’s a familiar figure around the city, and he speaks kindly with anyone, from fellow diners at the Duquesne Club to drifters that sometimes hang out near Heinz Hall…. According to Anne Martindale Williams, principal cello of the PSO since 1979, Mr. Honeck sticks to his roots and emphasizes a Viennese style in his conducting…. ‘Each music director has brought success differently, but Manfred’s really not a typical maestro. He’s very concerned with our well-being.’ “

Posted March 7, 2018

Pictured: Manfred Honeck conducts a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at Heinz Hall. Photo by Nate Guidry / Post-Gazette