Now Honeck’s brother takes the podium

The Pittsburgh music director started out as a viola player in the Vienna Philharmonic, where his young brother Rainer joined him as a front-desk violinist.

Manfred Honeck went on to make his name as an international conductor. Rainer rose swiftly in the Philharmonic to be its indispensable concertmaster. But does he perhaps have greater ambitions?

Last Friday, instead of leading Vienna in its New Year’s Day extravaganza, Rainer Honeck was conducting an orchestra in Wuppertal – albeit with his violin in hand, in case they needed tuning up.

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  • Rainer Honeck had already conducted the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg and at Valery Gergiev’s Festival in Mikkeli / Finland (program : music by the Strauß family and Mozart).

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