Manfred Honeck to Conduct London Symphony Orchestra

Program Will Feature Works by Mozart and Mahler

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Manfred Honeck, will lead the London Symphony in its October 4, 2012 concert featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Maestro Honeck has been chosen to replace Sir Colin Davis, who is recovering from a recent illness.  The performance will take place in Barbican Hall.

The “Jupiter,” Mozart’s final symphony, “is shrouded in mystery, with no clear idea of the origin of its nickname, who commissioned the work, or even whether it was performed in the composer’s lifetime,” according to the London Symphony Orchestra’s Web site. 

Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn will feature performances by soprano Dorothea Roschmann and tenor Ian Bostridge.  The work is a collection of songs inspired by German folk poetry. 

About Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. After a first extension in 2009, his contract was extended for the second time in February 2012, now through the 2019-2020 season. Following their successful European Tour in 2010 and the European Festival Tour 2011 with appearances at the major music festivals, such as BBC Proms, Lucerne, Grafenegg, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein or Musikfest Berlin, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will return to Europe in October-November 2012. This year’s tour will take them to Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Luxembourg, and Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany. During a week-long residency at the Musikverein in Vienna, the orchestra will perform four concerts. Honeck’s successful work in Pittsburgh is captured on CD by the Japanese label Exton. So far, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim. Their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 won a 2012 International Classical Music Award (ICMA).  Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than ten years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. It is this experience that has heavily influenced his conducting and has helped give it a distinctive stamp.


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