Andrew Manze

In September 2014 conductor ANDREW MANZE became the principal conductor of the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hannover. As a guest conductor he appears regularly with a number of leading international orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Scottish and Swedish chamber orchestras.

Manze was the principal conductor and artistic director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, from 2006 to 2014. He has also served as associate guest conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

After reading Classics at Cambridge University, Manze studied the violin and became a leading specialist in the field of historically informed performances. He has served as associate director of The Academy of Ancient Music and artistic director of The English Concert. Manze is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a visiting professor at the Oslo Academy; he teaches, edits, and writes about music, and he broadcasts regularly on radio and television. He has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach published by both Bärenreiter and Breitkopf &Härtel. He has recorded and released on CD a great number and variety of works from the violin repertoire.

In addition to his performances with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Manze will appear during the 2014-15 season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Alongside his regular guest-conducting, Manze will return to the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonkünstler Orchestra, and Danish National Symphony. In summer 2015 he will make his fourth consecutive appearance at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

In November 2011 Manze received the prestigious Rolf Schock Prize in Stockholm. Previous winners include the composer Kaija Saariaho, the violinist Gidon Kremer, the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and the conductor—and eminent teacher of conducting— Jorma Panula.