Andrew Manze is "among the most exciting of early music’s young blades" (The Independent), and has been referred to as "a violinist with extraordinary flair and improvisatory freedom, the Grappelli of the Baroque" (BBC Music Magazine), "a young Turk" and even "a gypsy".
As soloist, orchestral director, conductor and chamber musician he specializes in repertoire from 1610 to 1830. He is also a writer and broadcaster about many aspects of the ‘early’ music world, and is often to be heard on BBC Radio as a presenter and as well as a performer.
A Cambridge classicist by training, Andrew Manze was appointed Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music in 1996, and records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA. His first recording with The AAM, a disc of Bach’s violin concertos, was released in 1996 to wide acclaim and was followed by Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op 6 (nominated for a Grammy award) and, most recently, Geminiani’s Concerti Grossi after Corelli Op 5 (awarded the 2001 Premio Internazionale del Disco Vivaldi Antica Italiana).
As a chamber musician Andrew has collaborated, since 1984, with the harpsichordist Richard Egarr, with whom he recorded Rebel’s 1712 sonatas (awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and the complete sonatas of Pandolfi (recipient of a 2000 Gramophone Award). For ten years he was a member of Romanesca (with John Toll, harpsichord and Nigel North, lutes), whose recordings of works by Biber, Schmelzer, Vivaldi et al received many international prizes, including Gramophone, Edison and Cannes Classical Awards, the Premio Internazionale del Disco Vivaldi Antica Italiana and two Diapasons d’Or. Manze’s most recent recording with The AAM, of the complete Bach harpsichord concertos with Richard Egarr, was released in March 2002.
Manze also regularly directs other orchestras, including the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and he has conducted symphonies, passions and oratorios with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
The 2002–03 season included two US tours with The AAM, an Australian debut tour and projects with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin. Andrew Manze is a visiting professor of baroque violin at the Royal College of Music, London.