Andy Pape was born in 1955 in California but moved to Denmark in 1971. After studies at the University of Copenhagen (1975-77) he studied composition with Ib Nørholm at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he received his diploma in composition in 1985.
Andy Pape teaches music at the Kunsthøjskole in Holbæk, Denmark. His music is inspired by many different musical sources such as avantgarde, performance theatre, jazz and even rock music. Andy Pape received the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize in 1994.