Andrew Constantine, conductor
Having gained a reputation in Europe and the UK as a conductor of great skill, charisma, energy and versatility, Andrew Constantine moved to the US in 2004 to become Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Within his first season there he was promoted to Associate Conductor.
In the US he has won great praise for his ability to communicate with audiences, and his energetic and compelling advocacy for classical music has earned him many admirers. In 2007, following a two year search and a pool of over 280 applicants, he was appointed Music Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. In 2009, after a similar process, he was also appointed Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana.
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" was the Financial Times' view, whilst The Independent wrote, "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 No. 5."
Described by Classic FM (the UK's largest radio station) as "a Rising Star of Classical Music" Andrew Constantine is regularly engaged by the UK's leading symphony orchestras including The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, and by many others throughout Europe. He was recently awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Leicester, for this "contribution to music", and also a prestigious British NESTA Fellowship to further develop his international career.
"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