Conductor Christoph König to Replace David Zinman for BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Romantic Brahms May 19 & 21

Christoph KonigGuest conductor Christoph König will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend, “Romantic Brahms,” May 19 and 21 at Heinz Hall.

König is currently principal conductor and music director of the Solistes Européens Luxembourg and principal guest conductor of the Real Filharmonia de Galicia. Celebrated for his clarity, precision and elegant approach, König is in high demand as a guest conductor in North America and abroad. He last conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony in January 2016.

He replaces American conductor David Zinman, who has been advised to rest on doctor’s orders following an extensive tour.

The program for the weekend remains Brahm’s Symphony No. 3 and Strauss’ Don Quixote, featuring the debut of cellist Maximilian Hornung and Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Viola Randolph Kelly.

Tickets begin at $20 and are available online at, via phone at 412-392-4900 or in person at the Heinz Hall Box Office, 600 Penn Ave., downtown Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2016-2017 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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