Honeck to debut with Berlin Phil

Written by Andrew Druckenbrod on .

Somehow this got lost in our system and wasn't published. That's the bad news. The good news is that the debut is tomorrow, so it still applies! Here we go:


Another month, another major debut for Manfred Honeck, the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This time, the orchestra many consider the best in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic. This is definitely a breakout year for Honeck. Here is the press release, with a reminder of the PSO's European tour.



In February 2013 Manfred Honeck is making his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. At three concerts on 7, 8 and 9 February he will be conductingLutosławski’s Concert for Orchestra as well as Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Romance for Violin and Orchestra.



– Salzburg Festival –


Manfred Honeck will be a guest at the Salzburg Festival on 1 August 2013. He is conducting the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna in a concert performance of Walter Braunfel’s opera Jeanne d’Arc with Juliane Banse in the title role. Manfred Honeck was on the rostrum when the work was first performed in Stockholm in 2001. A live recording of the first performance was released on CD by Decca in 2010 and won the Echo Klassik 2011 in the category ‘World Premiere Recording of the Year’.



– European Tour by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra –


Two concerts at the Grafenegg Festival on 29 and 30 August will open thePittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s European Tour. On 31 August Music Director Manfred Honeck and his orchestra will give the inaugural performance at this year’s Musikfest Berlin and on 3 September will be making their debut at the George Enescu Festival Bucarest. Further concerts will take the orchestra to Paris (6 Sept.), Düsseldorf (7 Sept.) and Frankfurt am Main (8 Sept.), as well as to the Lucerne Festival (10/11 Sept.) and theBeethovenfest Bonn (12–14 Sept.). Details of a further concert in Britain will be issued later.


The program will include, alongside Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter), and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert (soloist Yuja Wang). Multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger will be the soloist in John Corigliano’s concert Conjurer in Lucerne and Bonn.


On its annual international tours, the orchestra also sees itself as the ambassador for Pittsburgh. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the former steel city is one of the cities with the highest quality of life worldwide, and is number 2 in the league table of American cities. The 2012 National Geographic Traveler described Pittsburgh as a ‘must-see, best-of-the-world destination’. Thanks to a collaboration, unique in the USA, between the orchestra and business leaders in the region, culture and business are able to exploit valuable synergies. 


A CD of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 will be released in the spring – a live recording from the Vienna Musikverein – as the next number in the Mahler cycle which the orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck is recording for the Exton label. You can reserve a review copy from us already.



Dates of the 2013 European Tour


29 AugustGrafenegg, Auditorium, Grafenegg Festival

30 AugustGrafenegg, Wolkenturm, Grafenegg Festival

31 AugustBerlin, Philharmonie, Musikfest Berlin

3 SeptemberBucarest, Sala Mare a Palatului, George Enescu Festival

6 SeptemberParis, Salle Pleyel  

7 SeptemberDüsseldorf, Tonhalle                               

8 SeptemberFrankfurt, Alte Oper                                

10 SeptemberLucerne, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum, Lucerne Festival

11 SeptemberLucerne, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum, Lucerne Festival

12 SeptemberBonn, Beethovenhalle, Beethovenfest Bonn

14 September, Bonn, Beethovenhalle, Beethovenfest Bonn


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