Music Director of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Will Step Down at the End of 2006

Classic Arts News   Music Director of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Will Step Down at the End of 2006
 
Manfred Honeck will end his tenure as music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony on December 31, 2006, the orchestra announced.

Honeck will have been with the orchestra for six seasons. During that time, he has conducted a number of world premieres of Swedish music, most recently Allan Pettersson's Symphony No. 12.

Bo S‹derstr‹m, president of the orchestra, said in a statement, "With relentless energy and painstakingly detailed work, Manfred Honeck has improved our orchestral sound and above all contributed his own sense of Viennese style and musicianship."

Honeck, who began his career as a string player in the Vienna Philharmonic, first conducted the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, as an assistant to Claudio Abbado. He has since performed with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bavarian Radio Symphony, the London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony.

According to the orchestra, Honeck plans to take on more opera engagements after his departure.


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