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Manfred Honeck


Manfred Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Several years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra as well as in his capacity as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp.
Manfred Honeck commenced his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. From 1991 to 1996 Manfred Honeck was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor's Award in 1993. In 1997, he took over the post of Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo for a year.
From 1996 to 1999 Manfred Honeck served as one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig.  A highly successful tour of Europe with the Oslo Philharmonic in 1996 marked the beginning of a close collaboration with this orchestra which consequently appointed him Principal Guest Conductor in 1998.
From 2000 to December 2006 he was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He took his orchestra to a tour of the USA including an enormously successful New York debut and a concert at the Kennedy Centre in Washington which the Washington Post praised as Single Best Orchestral Concert in Washington in the year 2001. In 2007/2008 Manfred Honeck will commence his position as the Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
As a guest conductor Manfred Honeck has worked with major international orchestras such as  BR Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a welcome guest of the Salzburg Festival where, in 2006, he conducted Mozart's Così fan tutte as well as the premiere of a work by Moritz Eggert which was specially commissioned by the festival for the inauguration ceremony.  

Operatic engagements have led him to the Semperoper in Dresden for Fledermaus and to the Komische Oper Berlin for Wozzeck. On the occasion of the inauguration of the new opera house in Copenhagen, he conducted a new staging of Aida early in 2005 and returned there for performances of Fledermaus at the beginning of 2006. In St. Petersburg he conducted Mozarts Così fan tutte at the White Nights Festival.

Manfred Honeck commenced 2006/2007 with concerts at the Baltic Sea Festival followed by a journey to Japan. There, he did not only conduct performances of Le Nozze di Figaro but also concerts of his own setting of Mozart's Requiem "Mozart and Death in Word and Music" which has also recently been released on CD by German label querstand.  Guest engagements include working with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and BBC Symphony in the UK, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and WDR Symphony Cologne as well as Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague.

After highly successful appearances with the Boston, Toronto and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras in 2006, he will travel over the pond again for concerts with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, a return visit to the Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.
Apart from his numerous tasks as conductor, Manfred Honeck is Artistic Director of the "International Concerts Wolfegg" in Germany.

Last updated: February 27, 2007
Manfred Honeck