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|How to create Viennese rubato with the baton and through your conducting||00h:00m:30s|
|Bar 66; 3 bars before Allegretto||00h:00m:54s|
|Creating an elegant Viennese sound with gesture||00h:01m:45s|
|Creating the sound with left hand rather than the baton||00h:02m:18s|
|Polka theme; Meno Mosso||00h:02m:32s|
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck coaches NWS Conducting Fellow Joshua Gersen on Johann Strauss' Overture to Die Fledermaus.
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Manfred Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than ten years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. It is this experience that has heavily influenced his conducting and has helped give it a distinctive stamp. Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. His contract extends through the 2019-2020 season. From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. He 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. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. 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. A highly successful tour of Europe with the Oslo Philharmonic marked the beginning of a close collaboration with this orchestra which consequently appointed him Principal Guest Conductor, a post he held for several years. From 2000 to 2006 he was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Stockholm and served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, a position he will resume from 2013 to 2016.