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 have gained him many admirers. In May of 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 July of 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.