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Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze is widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation.



Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26
Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26
Described as a ‘stellar Mozartian’ Francesco Piemontesi finds a perfect partner in the SCO. 

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Manze's extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire mark him out, together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy.

As a guest conductor, Manze has regular relationships with a number of leading international orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City.

From 2006 to 2014, Manze was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He was Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2014, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. In September 2014 he became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover.

In November 2011 he received the prestigious Rolf Schock Prize in Stockholm. Previous winners include Ligeti, Kagel, Saariaho, Panula, Gidon Kremer, and Anne Sofie von Otter.


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Presto names Piemontesi's Mozart in its Top 10 of 2017
08 December 2017
Congratulations to the Mozart dream team!
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Three Linn Recordings In Presto's Top 100
25 November 2017
The Best of 2017 Revealed...
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2018 ICMA Nominations
16 November 2017
Five Linn recordings are nominated!
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Piemontesi's Mozart Is #2 In The Chart
25 August 2017
Congratulations to the Mozart dream team!
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Presto Classical
Recording of the Year: '...every semiquaver [is] perfectly in place, performed with crystal clarity.'
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Hifi Records
'His virtuosity and variety of shading even at fast tempi is admirable...The sound is brilliant, direct and dynamic...Intoxicating!'
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Hi-Fi News
Sound Quality 80%: 'The later work, often disparaged, emerges here as a sparklingly fresh and Manze's winds balances are telling in both concertos.'
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Fono Forum
4½ Stars
'With the Scottish Chamber Orchestra...Piemontesi has a first-class Mozart orchestra...Pianist, orchestra and conductor form a well-established team.'
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SR2
CD-Tipp: '...his affinity and love for Mozart are evident in every note...Piemontesi has found well-established, perfect partners: Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.'
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HR2 Kultur
CD-Tipp: 'Brillante Klavierkonzerte von Mozart neu entdeckt...Frisch, unverbraucht, spontan...'
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BBC Music Magazine
'Francesco Piemontesi's playing is mostly magnificent, though, with crystalline clarity, radiant tone and eloquent phrasing...In the fine and intriguing cadenzas...he shines with surety of purpose.'


MDR Kultur
'Seine stets luziden, dem vielgesichtigen Reich der Zwischentöne zugewandten, dynamisch fein schattierten Lesarten amalgamieren die kalt-klare Strahlkraft eines Brillanten mit der Hitze forcierten Ausdrucks.'
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Pizzicato
'Piemontesi proves to be a reliable Mozart interpreter, who plays...with great attention to detail...'
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The Irish Times
4 Stars
'Both pianist and conductor bring a high intelligence to bear...fully absorbing.'
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All Music
4 Stars
'The level of detail Piemontesi and Manze achieve is striking...this is far from a superfluous Mozart concerto recording, and it announces an important new Mozart interpreter.'
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CD Choice
'Manze’s adroitness as orchestral accompanist remain as ironclad as ever with these Mozart concertos granted a very persuasive advocacy, even in the teeth of some impressive competition.'
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NDR
CD of the Week: '...these two symphonic Mozart concertos breathe with great naturalness.'
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Gramophone
Choice: 'Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'The artist’s captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul.'
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Classic FM
Album of the Week: 'I think the result is top class.'
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Presto Classical
Recording of the Week: 'Piemontesi makes it all seem so effortless; I constantly marvelled at the flexibility of his left hand, with every semiquaver perfectly in place, performed with crystal clarity. It's such a graceful, clean sound.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance.'
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