Symphony Concert N° 12

Manfred Honeck Conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

Antonín Dvořák

  • Konzertouvertüre »Karneval« op. 92

Bohuslav Martinů

  • Violinkonzert Nr. 2 H. 293

Franz von Suppé

  • Ouvertüre zur Operette »Dichter und Bauer«

Josef Strauß

  • »Die Libelle«, Polka mazur op. 204

Johann Strauß (Sohn)

  • »Furioso Polka«, quasi Galopp op. 260
  • »Frühlingsstimmen«, Walzer op. 410
  • »Auf der Jagd«, Polka schnell op. 373
  • »Im Krapfenwald'l«, Polka française op. 336
  • »Unter Donner und Blitz«, Polka schnell op. 324

A Viennese finale to the season

Manfred Honeck returns with more Viennese music in the last symphony concert before the end of the season. With different dances he presents diverse musical styles of Habsburg popular music. The concert opens with Antonín Dvořák’s Carnival Overture. Capell-Virtuos Frank Peter Zimmermann will also perform the Second Violin Concerto by the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, written in 1943.


Expected concert duration including an interval: 100 minutes

A concert introduction is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.

Unfortunately, Franz Welser-Möst has had to cancel his engagements with the Staatskapelle Dresden for health reasons. We are very happy that Manfred Honeck was able to step in at short notice. 

  • 07.07.2019
    11:00 Uhr
  • 08.07.2019
    20:00 Uhr
  • 09.07.2019
    20:00 Uhr

Manfred Honeck

Renowned for his distinctive interpretations, Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008/2009 season. The 2017/2018 season will mark 10 years of this acclaimed partnership and in honour of the occasion in Pittsburgh, three of the programmes throughout the year will feature a special commission to commemorate this decade of successful music-making. Consistently recognized for their performances, he and the orchestra are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad and regularly perform in major music capitals and festivals, among them the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Grafenegg Festival, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have also built a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna. Following a week-long residency in 2012, they returned for three performances in the course of an extensive tour of Europe in spring 2016. Their next tour, in summer 2017, took them again to Europe’s most prestigious music festivals, including the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival and Salzburg Festival.

Manfred Honeck's successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been extensively documented on recordings with the Reference and Exton labels. All SACDs released by Reference Recordings, amongst them Strauss tone poems and suites, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphonies No. 5 and 7, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6  have received numerous rave reviews and honours. After two Grammy nominations for Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and the Symphonic Suite from Janáček's opera Jenůfa, conceptualized by the artist himself, as well as for Bruckner’s Fourth, the most recent recording, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, won the Grammy for "Best Orchestral Performance" in January 2018.

Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the viola section in the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and as artistic leader of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. Other early posts include Leipzig, where he was one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Oslo, where he assumed the post of Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera on short notice for a year and was engaged as Principal Guest Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for several years. From 2000 to 2006 he was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and, from 2008 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2016, Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he conducted premieres including Berlioz's Les Troyens, Mozart's Idomeneo, Verdi's Aida, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites and Wagner's Lohengrin and Parsifal, as well as numerous symphonic concerts. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival. Moreover, he has been Artistic Director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than twenty years.

As a guest conductor Manfred Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic. Orchestras he conducted in the United States include New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. He is also a regular guest at the Verbier Festival. Highlights of his recent and upcoming guest engagements in the 2017-2018 season include the New Year’s concert of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. He also continues his regular collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, and Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities. Most recently, he was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President. The expert jury of the International Classical Music Awards selected him as "Artist of the Year" 2018.

Von 2007 bis 2011 war Manfred Honeck Generalmusikdirektor der Staatsoper Stuttgart. Gastspiele im Bereich der Oper führten ihn an die Semperoper Dresden, an die Komische Oper Berlin, an die Königliche Oper in Kopenhagen, zum White Nights Festival nach St. Petersburg und zu den Salzburger Festspielen.

Nach Engagements an den großen Konzerthäusern der Welt gab er im Februar 2013 sein erfolgreiches Debüt am Pult der Berliner Philharmoniker. Die daraus resultierenden CD-Aufnahme mit Anne-Sophie Mutter wurde 2014 mit dem Echo Klassik ausgezeichnet; bereits 2013 erhielt er für eine Einspielung der 4. Symphonie Mahlers den International Classical Music Award

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the leading violinists of our time. Born in Duisburg in 1965, he began playing the violin aged five, giving his first orchestral concert at ten. After studying with Valery Gradow, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers, in 1983 he launched a career that has seen him ascend to the first rank of performers. Frank Peter Zimmermann is invited to all the major music festivals and appears with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He has already collaborated several times with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

With a repertoire stretching from the Baroque age to contemporary music, in recent years he has premiered no fewer than four concertos: The second violin concerto by Magnus Lindberg in 2015, »Juggler in Paradise« by Augusta Read in 2009, »The Lost Art of Letter Writing« by Brett Dean in 2007 and »en sourdine« by Matthias Pintscher in

2003. In addition to his numerous orchestral engagements, Frank Peter Zimmermann can be regularly enjoyed in the world’s great concert halls as a chamber musician. Together with violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra, he founded the Zimmermann Trio.

Frank Peter Zimmermann has received numerous awards and honours, including the Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the Rhineland Culture Prize, the Music Prize of the City of Duisburg, the Paul Hindemith Prize of Hanau and the Federal Cross of Merit (1st class) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

He plays the »Lady Inchiquin« Stradivarius violin from 1711, kindly loaned to him by the foundation »Kunst im Landesbesitz« of the Art Collection of North-Rhine Westphalia in Düsseldorf.