PSO announces 2013 European Festivals Tour – Music Director Manfred Honeck leads orchestra in 12-concert, 6-nation tour this summer

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yuja Wang, percussionist Martin Grubinger to join tour; PSO to perform in Romania for the first time

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) today announced that Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the PSO on a 12-concert European Festivals Tour from Aug. 26 to Sept. 15, 2013.

The tour will take the orchestra to Austria, Germany, Romania, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The tour opens at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, where Honeck will lead the PSO in two concerts on Aug. 29 & 30. The PSO performed in Grafenegg for the first time in September 2011. The PSO will next perform at the popular Berlin Festival on Aug. 31, before traveling to Bucharest, Romania, to debut at the George Enescu International Festival on Sept. 3.

The orchestra will perform in Paris (Sept. 6), and Dusseldorf (Sept. 7) and Frankfurt, Germany (Sept. 8) before traveling to Switzerland for two concerts at the Lucerne Festival on Sept. 10 & 11. The tour concludes with concerts at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, on Sept. 12 & 14. An additional concert in the United Kingdom will be announced at a later date. The PSO performed in Lucerne, Bonn, Berlin and London in 2011.

Famed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will appear with the PSO in Grafenegg, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Lucerne, while piano virtuoso Yuja Wang will be in Grafenegg, Bucharest, Paris, Dusseldorf and Bonn. Percussionist Martin Grubinger will be the guest soloist at the PSO performances in Lucerne on Sept. 11, and Bonn on Sept. 14.

The tour program will feature Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a suite from Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa, Ravel’s Bolero and Rapsodie Espagnole, and Witold Lutoslawski’s Chain 2 for Violin and Orchestra. Mutter will perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto; Wang will play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Grubinger is scheduled to be the guest soloist when the PSO performs John Corigliano’s “Conjurer” concerto.

“Going on tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is always a fantastic experience. I am looking forward to returning to these wonderful cities, as well as visiting Bucharest with the PSO for the first time,” Honeck said. “We are honored that we all get to make magnificent music in some of the great concert halls in the world.”

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck were greeted with great applause and acclaim during our recent European Residency Tour earlier this year,” PSO President and CEO James A. Wilkinson said. “Our previous European Festivals Tour in 2011 was a huge success and it is a tremendous honor to be invited back to these renowned festivals and venues in Europe.”

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to thank and recognize BNY Mellon and Lanxess Corporation for their supporting sponsorships of this tour.  This engagement is also supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. International touring is made possible, in part, by the Hillman Endowment for International Performances.

Information about the PSO tour can be found at The website will be updated as more information becomes available.


Aug. 29: at Auditorium Grafenegg, Grafenegg Festival, Austria
Aug. 30: at Grafenegg Wolkenturm (outdoor stage), Grafenegg Festival
Presented by Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich

Aug. 31: at Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Festival, Germany
Presented by Musikfest Berlin
Supporting Sponsor: BNY Mellon

Sept. 3: at Salla Palatului, George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest, Romania
Presented by Artexim “George Enescu”

Sept. 6: at Salle Pleyel, Paris
Presented by Salle Pleyel

Sept. 7: at Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Presented by Konzert Theater Kontor Heinersdorff GmbH

Sept. 8: at Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany
Presented by Alte Oper Frankfurt
Supporting Sponsor: BNY Mellon

Sept. 10: at Kultur und Kongresszentrum Luzern, Switzerland
Sept. 11: at Kultur und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Presented by Lucerne Festival

Sept. 12: at Beethovenhalle, Beethoven Festival, Bonn, Germany
Sept. 14: at Beethovenhalle, Beethoven Festival, Bonn
Presented by Internationale Beethovenfeste Bonn GmbH
Sept. 14 Supporting Sponsor: LANXESS Corporation

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