Beckenham, UK (1965-present)
Andrew Manze (born 14th January 1965, Beckenham) is an English baroque violinist and conductor.
Having first started playing the baroque violin while studying Classics at Cambridge University, he went on to study with Simon Standage, one of the founding members of The English Concert, at the Royal Academy of Music, followed by further studies with Lucy van Dael at La Haye.
In 1988 he became first violin of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman. He was also a member of the ensemble Romanesca with John Toll (harpsichord) and Nigel North (lute).
He is currently the director of the baroque orchestra The English Concert, having succeeded harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock. He will relinquish this position in September 2007 to Harry Bicket. Manze is a regular contributor to BBC radio 3, and one of the presenters of its 'early music show'. He has made many recordings for Harmonia Mundi records. He also plays solo and chamber music. He is a frequent collaborator in chamber music partner with harpsichordist Richard Egarr.
Recently, Manze has become the chief conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. .