Maestro stays: Honeck goes for short renewal

Maestro stays: Honeck goes for short renewal


norman lebrecht

September 26, 2018

Manfred Honeck has renewed as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra until 2022.

He has held the job since 2008 but the latest renewal is somewhat shorter than most, perhaps because Honeck is suddenly a contender for the vacant Concertgebouw orchestra.


  • MWnyc says:

    Honeck to the Concertgebouw? Well, that’s what his predecessor did.

  • Barry says:

    I think Muti’s contract in Chicago ends around then too. I’ve thought for a while Honeck could wind up there after he leaves Pittsburgh.

  • Don Ciccio says:

    I don’t know why the Pittsburgh Symphony does not try harder to get people from out of town to attend Honeck’s concerts. Or maybe they do but with limited success.

    And while it is true that “cultural tourism to Pittsbugh” does not have the same ring as one to New York for instance (just to stay within the U.S.), one should keep in mind that Fallingwater, as well as two other Frank Lloyd Wright houses are about 1 hour drive from Pittsburgh. Plus there is some lovely nature around the town.

    A Frank Lloyd Wright house during the day and a Manfred Honeck concert at night: there are not many better ways to spend a day for me.

  • msc says:

    The Frick Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum can fill a day, too.

  • Itsjtime says:

    Why would a fine ensemble like this continue with this md…he is good, no doubt.
    But it is time for home grown future greats… the Alondra de la Para and Eric Jacobson types of the US of A