Andrew Manze

Biography

Born: January 14, 1965  
Andrew Manze has emerged as one of the leading violinists in the early music movement. He specializes in music from between 1610 and 1830. His education began at Cambridge, where he studied Classics. He then moved on to music studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, studying with both Simon Standage and Marie Leonhardt. Manze then joined the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, remaining there until Read more 1993. The following year he began collaborating with harpsichordist Richard Egarr. One of their major releases presented a 1712 collection of violin sonatas by the French composer Jean-Féry Rebel. Meanwhile, Manze formed the group Romanesca, with harpsichordist John Tell and lutenist Nigel North; the trio specialized in music of the seventeenth century. In 1996 Manze was appointed associate director and concertmaster of the London-based Baroque group The Academy of Ancient Music. In the 2003-2004 season, he became music director of The English Concert.
Manze is well-known in Britain for his broadcast work. He has become a popular "presenter" on BBC radio, and made his debut with the BBC Promenade Concert in 1998. That concert was televised nationally, with Manze playing concertos by Pergolesi, Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart, and introducing the public to the enthusiasm and directness of the new ways of performing Baroque and Classic music.
Recording for the French Harmonia Mundi label, Manze won Gramophone, Edison, and Cannes Classical awards for his recording with Romanesca of Biber's flashy and mystical violin sonatas. His playing of Vivaldi's newly discovered "Manchester" sonatas won the Premio Internazionale del Disco Vivaldi Antica Italiana. His album Phantasticus won the Cannes Classical Award and a Diapason D'Or. The later award was also given to his recording of Schmelzer's violin sonatas. Manze was named the 1998 Classical Artist of the Year.
Manze is in demand as an expert in Baroque music interpretation. He serves as a performance advisor and director for the European Community Baroque Orchestra, gives master classes, and has been visiting professor at the Royal College of Music in London. He is also a busy soloist on the international concert scene, appearing in one season with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Canadian early music group Tafelmusik, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
He is known for his freedom of ornamentation, bringing an improvisatory excitement to his concerts. Manze lives with his wife (also a violinist) in England's Cotswolds region. Read less
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  • 1.
    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Purcell Collection
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94665 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Linda Perillo,  Jamie MacDougall,  Mark Tucker,  Brian Bannatyne-Scott  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Ottavio Dantone,  Jed Wentz,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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    Purcell: Music For Pleasure And Devotion
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 352982 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emily van Evera,  Andrew Parrott,  Paul Agnew,  David Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players
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    Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor / Andrew Manze
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907332 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Andrew Manze
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Choral Classics - Choral Classics From Cambridge
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9234 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Gregorio Allegri,  Robert Ramsey,  Thomas Weelkes  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Ward-Clarke,  Jonathan Brown,  Elizabeth Kenny,  Robert Howes  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown,  Stephen Cleobury,  Christopher Robinson,  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Baroque Brass of London,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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    Vivaldi Masterworks [28 Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001599302 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Franco Gulli,  Salvatore Accardo,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Simon Preston,  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  I Musici,  New London Consort  ... 
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  • 7.
    Biber: Violin Sonatas / Manze, North, Toll, Romanesca
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 507344 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Nigel North,  Andrew Manze,  John Toll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesca
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  • 8.
    The Art Of The Violin / Andrew Manze
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907541 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Andrew Manze,  Jaap ter Linden,  Nigel North  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Concert
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    Purcell: Funeral Music For Queen Mary; Anthems
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 2193981 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Liz Kenny,  Jenny Ward-Clarke,  Marshall Marcus,  Keri Dexter  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Brass of London
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    Johann Sebastian Bach - The Essentials
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2968096 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Lionel Rogg,  Sibylla Rubens  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  René Jacobs,  Konrad Junghänel,  Petra Müllejans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Biber: Missa Christi Resurgentis / Manze, English Concert
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 507397 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
    Performer:  Michael Harrison,  Mark Bennett,  Andrew Manze
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Choir,  English Concert
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    Trumpet Music By Biber And Schmelzer / Pickett
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425834 Release Date: 10/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Stephen Keavy,  Andrew Manze,  Julia Hodgson,  Pavlo Beznosiuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Schubert: Sonatas For Violin And Piano / Manze, Egarr
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907445 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Andrew Manze
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    Mozart: Violin Concertos K 216, 218 & 219 / Manze, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907385 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrew Manze
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Mozart: Violin Sonatas / Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807380 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Andrew Manze
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    Mozart: Violin Sonatas 1781 / Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907380 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Andrew Manze
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    Purcell: Sacred Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 99790 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Nigel North,  Maggie Cole,  Richard Boothby,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Brass of London,  Clare College Choir
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    Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas / Manze, Egarr
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907259 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andrew Manze,  Richard Egarr
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    Biber: The Rosary Sonatas / Manze, Egarr, Mcgillivray
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907321 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Andrew Manze,  Alison McGillivray
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  • 20.
    Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op 5 / Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907298/99 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Andrew Manze
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  • 21.
    Purcell: Music For Pleasure & Devotion, Suite Of Theatre Music, Etc.
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 5621642 Release Date: 02/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emily van Evera,  Alison Bury,  John Holloway,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
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  • 22.
    Biber: Violin Sonatas / Andrew Manze, Romanesca
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907344 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Andrew Manze,  Nigel North,  John Toll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesca
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  • 23.
    Vivaldi - Concert for the Prince of Poland / Manze, AAM
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907230 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lynda Sayce,  Helen Gough,  Nigel North,  Rachel Beckett  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 24.
    A Festive Baroque Christmas / Goodwin, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 3957202 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Francesco Usper,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Matthias Weckmann
    Performer:  Simon Davies,  Tom Phillips,  Charles Pott,  Julian Clarkson  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
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    Fairest Isle - Purcell, Dowland, Byrd, Etc / Barbara Bonney
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466132 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Jenkins,  Thomas Morley,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Wendy Gillespie,  Laurence Dreyfus,  Markku Luolajan-Mikkola  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Phantasm
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