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.
From the 2014/15 season Manze became the Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. His contract has recently been renewed, for the second time, until summer 2021. They have embarked on a major series of recordings for Pentatone initially focussing on the orchestral works of Mendelssohn, the first of which was awarded with ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ 2017.
In great demand as a guest conductor worldwide Manze has long standing relationships with a number of leading international orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hallé, Camerata Salzburg and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. He has a close relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is Principal Guest Conductor (from 2018/19), and with whom he is in the process of recording the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies for Onyx Classics.
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.
(Status 2018, Source: Andrew Manze)