The English-born conductor and violinist Andrew Manze came into classical music through a conventional route; after reading Classics at Cambridge he studied the music with the Dutch conductor Tom Koopman and began his career as a specialist in early music recording solo performances for the highly respected Harmonia Mundi label. In 1996 Manze was appointed associate director of The Academy of Ancient Music, an orchestra based in Cambridge who concentrate on performing Baroque and classical pieces on original or accurate replicas of early instruments. He went on to become the artistic director of The English Concert, a London-based organisation very similar to the Academy of Ancient Music who, under the directorship of Manze, recorded works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi on a series of albums which received an enthusiastic reception from followers of early music. More recently Manze has been based in Europe, initially as the chief conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and latterly as the chief conductor of the German radio orchestra NDR Philharmonie. Manze also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television.