The Berlin-born pianist studied piano with Oleg Maisenberg in Stuttgart and with Hans Leygraf in Salzburg and Berlin. He also regularly took part in the song master classes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Aribert Reimann and Wolfram Rieger. He won first prize for piano accompaniment at the international Paula Lindberg Salomon competition “Das Lied” in 1997 and the special award for the best piano accompaniment at the 1998 Hilde Zadek singing competition in Passau, as well as the Bayreuth scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association in Berlin and the Hanns Eisler Prize at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy.
After six years as a solo coach at the Komische Oper Berlin, he was appointed vocal repertoire professor at the Berlin University of the Arts at the beginning of the 2005/06 winter semester. In July 2010, Manuel Lange was appointed professor for song accompaniment and song design at the Detmold University of Music.
In 2006 he founded the Berlin concert series MEISTERLIED, which is primarily dedicated to the German romantic art song, together with the baritone Sebastian Noack, with whom he has had a longstanding artistic collaboration. Together with the soprano Anne Schwanewilms, Manuel Lange gave recitals at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Dresden Semperoper, the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg and the Frankfurt Opera. He also performed as a song accompanist for Mojca Erdmann, Maria Bengtsson, Lothar Odinius, Stella Doufexis, Anna Korondi, Hermine May and Dagmar Schellenberger. His own master classes for song composition and accompaniment in vocal master classes (Brigitte Fassbaender, Mirella Freni, Francisco Araiza, Roman Trekel) complement his work.
In addition to his song work, Manuel Lange has recently returned to the solo repertoire, for example he was heard last season with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt under the direction of Wolfgang Wengenroth with Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto and played with the Junge Ensemble Berlin as well as Grieg’s piano concerto with the Junge Philharmonie Erlangen.