Andy Pape was born and spent his youth in California, moving to Denmark at the age of sixteen. With a wide range of influences including avant-garde, performance theatre, jazz and rock, his music is accessible whilst retaining its artistic strength and integrity, often juxtaposing an infectious wit with tragedy.
Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Photo © Lars Skaaning
He studied Musicology at The University of Copenhagen followed by composition with Professor Ib Nørholm at The Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Pape has a keen interest in theatre and drama. Aside from many operas - including Houdini the Great (1988) and Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (2005) – his concert works often contain dramatic scenarios, such as the power struggle between pianist and page turner in Variations on ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ (1990).