ConductorAndrew Manze is widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational
conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire,
together with his boundless energy and warmth, mark him out. He has been Chief
Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hannover, since September 2014 and his
contract has recently been extended until summer 2023. In the 18/19 season he was
appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany, in the 19/20 season the NDR
Radiophilharmonie return to China, following their highly successful autumn 2016 tour,
and make their BBC Proms debut. Manze and the orchestra have embarked on a
major series of award-winning recordings for Pentatone, focussed on the works of
Mendelssohn and Mozart. The first recording in the Mendelssohn series won the Preis
der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik. Manze has also just finished recording a cycle of
the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra for Onyx Classics.
In great demand as a guest conductor across the globe, Manze has long-standing
relationships with leading orchestras that include the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Camerata
Salzburg, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is also a regular guest at the
Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City. Recent and upcoming guest conducting
highlights include engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston
Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen
Rundfunks, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and the London
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
From 2006 to 2014, Manze was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. During this time he made a number of recordings
with them including Beethoven Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) and a cycle of Brahms
symphonies (CPO). He was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio
Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, and held the title of Associate Guest
Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for four seasons.
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. As a violinist, Manze released an
astonishing variety of recordings, many of them award-winning.
Manze is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Visiting Professor at the Oslo
Academy, and has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concerti by Bach and
Mozart, published by Bärenreiter, Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, writes about,
and edits music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television. In
November 2011 Andrew Manze received the prestigious ‘Rolf Schock Prize’ in