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Andrew Manze

  • Conductor
  • Violinist


Andrew Manze: As a guest conductor Manze has regular relationships with a number of leading international orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. Manze’s future guest conductor engagements include debuts with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Residentie Orkest and Hallé Orchestra.

Manze has been Principal Conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden since September 2006. He has recorded a number of CDs with them including Beethoven’s Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) and Stenhammer Piano Concerti (Hyperion) and the recording of a Brahms cycle for CPO is currently underway. Manze also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and he assumes the role of Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from the 10-11 season.

Engagements in autumn 2009 included his debut with the Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie which led to immediate reengagements and a return to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony and the Radio Philharmonie Hannover des NDR. In spring 2010 he returns to work with the Munich Philharmonic and tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Vienna, Essen and Wurzburg. He also makes his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

After reading Classics at Cambridge University, Manze studied the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in the world of historical performance practice. He became Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music in 1996 and then Artistic Director of The English Concert from 2003 to 2007.

Manze has released an astonishing variety of CDs, many of them award-winning. They include Mozart violin concertos, Handel arias with Mark Padmore, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nacht Musik, Vivaldi’s little-known Viennese La cetra and a recently unearthed Biber mass, as well as concertos by Bach, Handel and Geminiani. Manze’s long-standing collaboration with his duo partner Richard Egarr won great acclaim with their recordings of sonatas by Bach, Handel, Pandolfi, Rebel, Biber, Mozart and Schubert. These discs have won many prizes, amongst them two Gramophone Awards, three Edisons, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, a BBC Music Magazine Award and a 2003 Grammy nomination.

Manze is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Oslo Academy and has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach published by Bärenreiter and Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television.