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. It is contemporary music – neither rushing ahead of its time nor clinging to old traditions.
He studied Musicology at The University of Copenhagen followed by composition with Professor Ib Nørholm at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. After working as head of the music department at The Folk Art School in Holbæk, Pape is now a full-time composer and has been composer in residence at the Randers Chamber Ensemble and the Funen Opera.
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).