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Andrew Manze

Chief Conductor, NDR Radiophilharmonie
Honorary Conductor, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic 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 boundless energy and warmth, mark him out. He has been Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hannover, since September 2014 and his contract has been extended until summer 2023. Since 2018, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Andrew Manze wird als einer der anregendsten und inspirierendsten Dirigenten seiner Generation gefeiert. Er zeichnet sich durch umfassende wissenschaftliche Repertoirekenntnisse, verbunden mit schier grenzenloser Energie und Wärme aus. Seit September 2014 ist er Chefdirigent der NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, und sein Vertrag wurde vor kurzem bis Sommer 2023 verlängert. In der Saison 2018/19 wurde er zum Ersten Gastdirigenten des Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra ernannt.

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  • Following highly successful tours to China in 2016 and 2019, the 22/23 season sees the NDR Radiophilharmonie return to Japan for a busy touring schedule. Manze and the orchestra have embarked on a major series of award-winning recordings for Pentatone, focused on the works of Mendelssohn and Mozart. The first recording in the Mendelssohn series won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik. Manze has also recorded a cycle of the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Onyx Classics to critical acclaim.

    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, Royal Concertgebouworkest, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City. In the 22/23 season Manze makes his operatic debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, conducting performances of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” alongside Schoenberg’s “Erwartung”, in collaboration with artistic director Serge Dorny. Other highlights of the 22/23 season include engagements with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, and conducting performances with the WDR Symphony as part of the Klavierfest Ruhr. 

    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 Stockholm.

    2022/23 season / 475 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Neben einem vollen Tourneeplan in Deutschland kehrt die NDR Radiophilharmonie in der Saison 2019/20 nach China zurück (wo das Orchester im Herbst 2016 sehr erfolgreich auf Konzertreise war) und gibt ihr Debüt bei BBC Proms. Manze und das Orchester haben eine umfangreiche Reihe preisgekrönter Aufnahmen bei Pentatone herausgebraucht, die sich auf die Werke von Mendelssohn und Mozart konzentrieren. Die erste Aufnahme der Mendelssohn-Serie gewann den Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Im Sommer 2019 schloss Manze seine Gesamtaufnahme der Sinfonien von Vaughan Williams mit dem Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra bei Onyx Classics ab.

    Als weltweit gefragter Gastdirigent ist Manze seit langem mit führenden Orchestern wie den Münchner Philharmonikern, dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, dem Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, der Camerata Salzburg und dem Scottish Chamber Orchestra verbunden.

    Von 2006 bis 2014 war Manze Chefdirigent und künstlerischer Leiter des Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Während dieser Zeit entstanden zahlreiche Aufnahmen mit dem Orchester, darunter Beethovens Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) und ein Zyklus mit Brahms Symphonien (CPO). Von 2008 bis 2011 war er außerdem Erster Gastdirigent des Norwegischen Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters und sowie Associate Guest Conductor des BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

    Nach dem Studium der Altphilologie an der Universität Cambridge studierte Manze Geige und entwickelte sich schnell zu einem führenden Spezialisten im Bereich der historischen Aufführungspraxis. Als Geiger brachte Manze eine erstaunliche Vielfalt an Aufnahmen heraus, von denen viele mit Preisen ausgezeichnet wurden.

    2019/20 season / 286 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
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Danish National Symphony Orchestra


"An irrepressible bundle of energy."

The Scotsman

"The greatest living interpreter of Vaughan Williams."

The Telegraph

"These performances make one listen with refreshed ears. Outstanding"

Sunday Times

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