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Andrew Manze

Principal Conductor, NDR Radiophilharmonie / Honorary Conductor, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

  • Andrew 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 rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy, mark him out.

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  • As a guest conductor, Manze has regular relationships with a number of leading international orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City.

    In September 2014 Manze became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. Together, they have embarked on a major series of recordings for Pentatone, the first of which will be released in early 2017. In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany, they will tour to China and South Korea in autumn 2016 with Sir András Schiff as soloist.

    In the next seasons, Manze will make his debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Melbourne Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg. He has a close relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he is the process of recording the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies for Onyx Classics.

    From 2006-14, Manze was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. With the orchestra, he made a number of recordings, including Beethoven Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) and a cycle of Brahms symphonies (CPO). From September 2010 to August 2014, Manze held the title of Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2011.

    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 has released an astonishing variety of CDs, many of them award-winning.

    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, Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television.

    In November 2011 Andrew Manze received the prestigious ‘Rolf Schock Prize’ in Stockholm. Previous winners include Ligeti, Kagel, Saariaho, Panula, Gidon Kremer and Anne Sofie von Otter.

    2016/17 season / 432 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Orchestral highlights

Los Angeles Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
NHK Symphony Orchestra
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tonkünstler Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Danish National Symphony Orchestra

If it continues like this, the NDR Radiophilharmonie will soon be looked at with envy by the rest of the musical world, since what new Principal Conductor Andrew Manze is brewing up ... can be deemed sensational.

Neue Presse, November 2014

You could see and hear the pleasure with which the Gewandhaus orchestra responded to the slightly frenzied beat of the wonderful Andrew Manze, who made sure that this musical guide to the orchestra did not become a dry, academic exercise, instead presenting the audience with music that is rich and luxuriant, witty and ironic, rumbustiously effective and visceral.

Leipziger Volkszeitung, November 2013

This is a remarkable new Brahms cycle: one of the most fiery, original and thought-provoking sets of the symphonies to have appeared in the digital era… Hearing Andrew Manze’s set of these masterpieces, I feel as if I have been on a fascinating and stirring journey of rediscovery.

International Record Review, April 2012

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