Andrew Constantine has lead major symphony orchestras from London to St. Petersburg and been hailed as “a Rising Star of Classical Music”. The British-born conductor is Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (from 2009) and the Reading Symphony Orchestra (from 2007). He is regularly engaged by the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and return engagements to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Other recent engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Hawaii Sympohony, Gran Canaria Symphony, Sinfonia of Sicily and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra.
Andrew Constantine’s latest CD with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is The New England Connection – Enigma Variations – and George Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches, released by Orchid Classics in 2017 to strong critical acclaim. ClassicalSource.com praises Constantine’s “impressive account of Elgar’s masterpiece… insightful, vividly detailed, expressively glowing… a top-notch release”.
After winning the first Donatella Flick/Accademia Italiana Conducting Competition, Andrew Constantine made his Royal Festival Hall debut with the London Philharmonic. Press reviews were unanimous in their praise: “Definiteness of intention is a great thing, and Constantine’s shaping of the music was never short of it” (Financial Times). “Andrew Constantine showed a capacity RFH audience just what he is made of, ending his big demanding programme with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony #5.” (The Independent).
Andrew Constantine studied with the legendary Ilya Musin at the Leningrad State Conservatory and was later hailed by his teacher as “a brilliant representative of the conductor’s art”. In 2004, Constantine moved to the United States to become Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony and in addition to his Music Director posts has enjoyed guest conducting engagements from Buffalo to Bournemouth. He has been presented with an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from the University of Leicester, and was awarded the prestigious British NESTA Fellowship.
CD RELEASE: Conductor Andrew Constantine leads the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a gorgeous new recording Elgar: The New England Connection – Enigma Variations – and George Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches just released on Orchid Classics. The critics approve. Of Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches, ClassicalSource.com remarks: “The whole work is most persuasively presented by Constantine and BBCNOW…” And about Elgar’s Enigma Variations ClassicalSource.com notes that Constantine “leads an impressive account of Elgar’s masterpiece – deeply-felt (not least ‘Nimrod’), insightful, vividly detailed, expressively glowing – one to shortlist, and as superbly played as it is recorded: I have returned to it several times with undiminished admiration.”
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Andrew Constantine in the vanguard, rolls out use of program note app
“At the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s Oct. 11 season-opening concert, music director and conductor Andrew Constantine waved a smartphone at the audience,” writes Steve Siegel in Thursday’s (1/11) Morning Call (Allentown, PA). “Constantine encouraged the large audience … to download a free app called EnCue on their mobile devices … and to use the app for the orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, during which they could get real-time program notes and images…. Constantine … who also conducts the Fort Wayne Philharmonic … used EnCue for the first time with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic [on] Oct. 7,” and EnCue has also been used by the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. … Constantine says, … ‘A survey we conducted after the Fort Wayne concert indicated that about 13 percent of the audience used EnCue … and the largest demographic was the 64- to 75-year-old age group.’ ”
“Andrew Constantine showed a capacity Royal Festival Hall audience just what he was made of, ending his big demanding programme with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5.”
“Under the skillful baton of British guest conductor Andrew Constantine, PSO’s delivery is successful…. the conducting is passionate but never indulges in over-the-top emotionalism.”
“Likewise, it was refreshing to see that no ego came between the conductor and the music. Constantine, rather than standing in the way of the score and trying to make things happen, simply let the music generate from within.”[Phoenix Symphony Orchestra]
“The poise and hushed beauty of the London Philharmonic’s playing was one of the most remarkable qualities of Constantine’s direction. He has an exceptional gift for holding players and listeners on a thread of sound, drawing out the most refined textures.”
The London Times
“For Montserrat Caballé, Constantine treated Verdi’s extraordinary wind-writing in the Otello music with loving care…. Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky – had been prepared with passionate care, as if to rescue it from routine pop-status, indeed he forced us to listen with unusual attention.”
The Evening Standard, London
“The BBC NOW play wonderfully well for Constantine, who shapes what must have been an unfamiliar score with affection and commitment.” [Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales]
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