Manfred Honeck commenced his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. In 1996, Manfred Honeck began a three-year stint as one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and in 1997, he served as Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo for a year.
After several highly successful guest appearances leading the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its ninth Music Director and began his tenure at the start of the 2008/2009 season. Two years later, his contract was extended until 2016. In 2010, Manfred Honeck earned an honorary doctorate from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Apart from his numerous tasks as conductor, he has been Artistic Director of the "International Concerts Wolfegg" in Germany for more than fifteen years.
Manfred Honeck is married and the father of six. He lives with his wife and children in Austria.
On his Interest in Dietrich von Hildebrand: "I am tremendously happy to be able to join the Advisory Council of the Hildebrand Legacy Project. I am well aware of Dietrich von Hildebrand's contributions in philosophy and especially in his religious writings, yet I am above all interested in what he has to say about beauty and art. I hope my association with the Project can help to raise awareness of this little known aspect of von Hildebrand's legacy.
I have high hopes that von Hildebrand’s thought can play an important role in renewing the understanding for beauty."
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