Manfred Honeck in conversation with Martin Menking (18 min.)
The Austrian Manfred Honeck is one of those conductors who themselves have extensive experience as an orchestral musician: For many years, he was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic as a violist. His successful career as a conductor has taken him from positions in Zurich, Prague and Stuttgart to one of the “Big 5” orchestras in America, where he has been music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008/2009 season. For his third appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2016, the programme included works by Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvořák. Together with the Philharmoniker’s cellist Martin Menking, Honeck talks about the political situation in America, his affection for the music of Dvořák and his Catholic faith.