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Violinist Andrew Manze to conduct master class at Moravian College

Andrew Manze(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—Violinist Andrew Manze will conduct a master class at Moravian College on Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m., in Peter Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The master class offers a unique opportunity for the audience to gain insight to the techniques and styles of some of the world’s most eminent musicians while they instruct Moravian College students in performance. General Admission is $10.

As a player, Andrew Manze specializes in repertoire from 1610 to 1830, and as a conductor he is increasingly in demand amongst modern instrument orchestras. He also teaches, writes and broadcasts about many aspects of early music.

A Cambridge Classicist by training, Andrew Manze studied the violin with Simon Standage and Marie Leonhardt. He became Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music in 1996 and has just been appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert from June 2003, as Trevor Pinnock's successor. He is also 'Artist in residence' at the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Andrew directed The AAM on their numerous tours across Europe in familiar repertoire (Bach and Vivaldi) and the not so familiar (Pisendel and Geminiani). This season Andrew returns to the US directing The AAM on two more tours, featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons. In his newly appointed role at The English Concert, Andrew will move forwards into classical repertoire, including Mozart's violin concertos, orchestral works and reorchestrations of Handel's oratorios.

Manze is also active as a conductor in large-scale oratorio and symphonic repertoire, with the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester (Bach and Mozart), as well as the symphony orchestras of Stavanger (Mozart, Bach's Christmas Oratorio), Tampere (Bach's Matthew Passion) and Norrköping (Messiah). He guest-directs the chamber orchestras of Zurich, Basel, Västerås and Norway, and period-instrument ensembles such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Schubert and Eybler), the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Philharmonia Baroque (USA), Tafelmusik and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Andrew Manze continues to champion 17th- and 18th-century violin repertoire. Last season included two tours to the USA (with Richard Egarr), and a debut tour of Australia.

Manze records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa, and has produced an astonishing selection of CDs. Recordings made with his former trio Romanesca (of Biber, Schmelzer, Vivaldi etc.), with The AAM (Bach violin and harpsichord concertos, Handel Op.6 etc.), and as a soloist (Telemann and Tartini), have garnered many international prizes, including Gramophone, Edison and Cannes Classical Awards, the Premio Internazionale del Disco Antonio and the Diapason d'Or - each of them twice. Since 1984 his collaboration with Richard Egarr has been setting new performance standards. Their recordings include violin sonatas by Rebel and Bach (both awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and Pandolfi's complete violin sonatas (Gramophone Award 2000). Their latest recording of the complete sonatas of Handel was Editor's Choice in Gramophone, and notably entered the US Billboard Charts. Manze's first project with The English Concert will be to record a Mozart 'Evening Serenade', including Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Ein Musikalischer Spass.

Manze is also active writing programs for the radio, and articles for The Times of London, BBC Music Magazine etc. His cadenzas to Mozart's violin concertos will shortly be published by Breitkopf & Härtel.

The Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College is located at Church and Main Streets in Bethlehem. For information, call the Music Department at 610-1650.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.