British pianist, conductor and composer Andrew Wise studied musicology in Cambridge. He followed a post-graduate piano and orchestral conducting program with Hamish Milne and Maurice Miles at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In 1983 he became a rehearsal director for De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. He was invited by Gerard Mortier to become a repetitor at the Muntschouwburg in 1989, and a year later he became the choir conductor of the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands. From 1994 to 1997 he was choir leader at the Flemish Opera and from 1998 to 2003 at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.
Wise was the first conductor of the Hoofdstad Operette (Amsterdam), and as a pianist, a founding member of the Argandi Piano Trio. He was guest conductor of the Alden Biesen Zomeropera festival and is permanent guest conductor of the Haarlem Opera. From 2005 to 2008 he was conductor of the Middelburgs Kamerkoor and from 2008 to 2011 of Cantabile-Ghent. From 2011 to 2016 he was artistic director and chief conductor of the Dutch Händelvereniging.
At the moment Andrew Wise is a teacher in the vocal department of the Conservatoire of Antwerp and pianist of the cellolas of Justus Grimm. Together with soprano Penelope Turner he gives crossover concerts around Kurt Weill, under the name of Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady.
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