Manze was born in Beckenham, United Kingdom. In September 2014 he took up the position of Principal Conductor of the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hannover. Between 2006 and 2014 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. He made a number of recordings with them including Beethoven’s Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) and Stenhammar Piano Concerti (Hyperion) and a cycle of the Brahms’ symphonies. Manze was Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from September 2010 to August 2014.
After reading Classics at Cambridge University, Manze studied the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in the world of historical performance practice. He became Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music in 1996 and then Artistic Director of The English Concert from 2003 to 2007. Both as a conductor and violinist Manze has released a variety of CDs, many of them award-winning.
Manze is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Oslo Academy and has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach published by Bärenreiter and Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television.