Manfred Honeck

Biography

Born: 1958   Country: Austria  
Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck's conducting career rapidly grew throughout the decade of the 1990s after he learned conducting from the inside, as a top-quality orchestral musician.

He received his musical training at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. After graduation, he took a position as a violist with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. This made him eligible for membership in the Vienna Philharmonic, which accepted him. He began
Read more working as a conductor with the Vienna Jeunesse Musicales Orchesters (the Vienna Youth Orchestra). In 1987, conductor Claudio Abbado invited Honeck to assist him in conducting the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. His breakthrough performance was at the Gustav Mahler Festival in Kassel in 1989, conducting the centenary performance of the world premiere of Mahler's first symphony.

Honeck made his operatic debut with the Vienna Volksoper in 1989, leading Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus. Later in the season, he was invited to lead the company in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 1990, he was invited to conduct the gala concert of the Vienna Philharmonic commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Other conducting opportunities quickly opened up: He led the Berlin State Orchestra, the Berlin State Opera at the Unter den Linden Theater, and the Hamburg State Opera. At the later position, he was again standing in Gustav Mahler's footprints when he led the official Mahler Production of Mahler's Cosě fan tutte.

In 1991, Honeck received a five-year contract with the Zürich Opera House as First Kapellmeister. There he added Massenet's Hérodiade and Giordano's operas Fedora and Andrea Chénier to his credits, and conducted the first performance of Herbert Willi's Schlafes Bruder. A high point of this early part of his career was his debut at Salzburg, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic during the Mozart Week of 1994.

He accepted several prestigious guest conducting assignments that took him to the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, and Cologne, the Deutsche Symphony of Berlin, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the La Scala Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Milan Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1993, he won the European Conductors' Prize.

He returned to America in 1995 to lead the Chicago and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and, in his British debut, the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He made a particularly strong impression in Oslo and Mariss Jansons, the Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic, engaged him to take some of the conducting on that orchestra's major European tour of 1996.

In 1996 Honeck became Chief Conductor of the MDR (Central German Radio) Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig. His popularity in Scandinavia continued as he conducted at the Royal Danish Opera and the National Opera of Norway from 1993. In 1997, he was appointed Music Director of the Norwegian company, and in 1998 he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. He has also conducted the Royal Danish Orchestra.

In 1999, he devised a five-concert series of appearances in Tokyo with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and in August 2000 was again asked to participate in another major European tour of the Oslo Philharmonic, which included that ensemble's debut performance at the Salzburg Festival. He accepted future engagements in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, the Radio France Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the autumn of 2000 he began his first season as the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Read less
Dvorak: Symphony No 8; Janacek / Honeck
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 710   Number of Discs: 1
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    Dvorak: Symphony No 8; Janacek / Honeck
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 710 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death And Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 707 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Violin Concerto / Anne-sophie Mutter, Manfred Honeck, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001930302 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Ayami Ikeba
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Violin Concerto / Mutter [CD + DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001930900 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Ayami Ikeba
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verbier Festival 2012 - Dutoit Conducts Tchaikovsky, Honeck Conducts Brahms
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079958 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra
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    Walter Braunfels: Grosse Messe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1130211 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Walter Braunfels
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart State Orchestra
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    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4805770 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Robert Schumann,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Dorothea Röschmann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus members,  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir
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    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 460 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 / Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 450 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Michelle DeYoung,  George Vosburgh,  Peter Sullivan
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 / Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 443 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Honeck, Pittsburgh
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sunhae Im
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    The Gustav Mahler Celebration / Hampson, Von Otter, Solberg
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058148 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Marita Solberg
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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    Mozart: Complete Operas [33 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001470109 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Chaya Czernowin
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Michael Schade,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Riccardo Muti,  Roger Norrington,  Manfred Honeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 1/ Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben / Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 338 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alan Fletcher,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Andrés Cárdenes,  Michael Rusinek
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Verbier Festival Highlights 2008
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078178 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernö von Dohnányi  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Tamestit,  Menahem Pressler,  Salvatore Accardo,  Gautier Capuçon  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Quatuor Ebčne,  UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Szymanowski, Britten ; Violin Concertos / Zimmermann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 743999 Release Date: 01/13/2009  
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    An Der Schonen Blauen Donau - Waltzes & Polkas Of The Strauss Family
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 14442 Release Date: 12/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Various
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Manfred Honeck,  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Essential Mozart
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057278 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Katharina Kammerloher,  Daniela Bruera,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Bertrand De Billy,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Golden Pavilion 1
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 37042 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Josef Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Walter,  Christine Schornsheim
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Robert Hanell,  Otmar Suitner,  Burkhard Glaetzner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Soloists,  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
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    Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe / Skovhus, Schnitzer, Honeck
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056818 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Petra Maria Schnitzer,  Boje Skovhus,  Lydia Teuscher,  Gunter Emmerlich
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 22.
    After Work Hour - Classical Music Selection 4
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182762 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Funke,  Siegfried Stockigt,  Egon Morbitzer
    Conductor:  Georges Sebastian,  Heinz Bongartz,  Hans Vonk,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 23.
    Braunfels: Te Deum / Honeck, Sjoberg, Jonsson, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 679071 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Braunfels
    Performer:  Lars-Erik Jonsson,  Gitta-Maria Sjöberg
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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    Moments Of Peace
    Label: Charles Suniga   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Suniga,  Josef Strauss,  Jules Massenet,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Suniga,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Christina Funke
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Kurt Masur,  Franz Konwitschny,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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    Basics - Johann Strauss, Josef Strauss, Et Al / Kempe, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8570 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Rudolf Kempe,  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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