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.
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.
From 2006-14, Manze was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. 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. In November 2011 Andrew Manze received the prestigious ‘Rolf Schock Prize’ in Stockholm. Previous winners include György Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Gidon Kremer and Anne Sofie von Otter.
In September 2014 Manze became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover.
As a guest conductor, Manze has regular relationships with a number of leading international orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City.
Andrew Manze makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.