Ryan Wigglesworth

Conductor

Management

Jonathan Groves
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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Ryan Wigglesworth worldwide

Biography

Ryan Wigglesworth has established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra since September 2015 and is currently Composer in Residence at ENO. He held the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for the two seasons 2013/15 and 14/15. As a conductor he is much sought after in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the present day.

Conducting engagements include Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for ROH, Covent Garden, Cosi fan tutte, Carmen and Glanert’s Caligula ENO and concert performances with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, CBSO, RLPO, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, DSO Berlin and at the BBC Proms with both BBC NOW and Britten Sinfonia. He opened the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival with performances of Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! in celebration of the composer’s 60th birthday.

Recent and forthcoming engagements include the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, a German tour with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Residentie Orchestra, Hague, the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras and appearances as soloist/director in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He presented his Echo and Narcissus at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival and his  orchestral work Études-Tableaux. was premiered in Cleveland in January 2015 and in London (under Ryan’s baton) in February 2015. Echo and Narcissus had its London premiere at Wigmore Hall in May 2016.

Most recently Ryan Wigglesworth conducted the premiere of his first opera The Winter’s Tale for English National Opera, directed by Rory Kinnear, in February 2017 and in May 2017 his latest orchestral commission was premeiered by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, also under his baton. He opened the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Snape Maltings Concrt Hall.

Born in Yorkshire, he studied at New College, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Between 2007-9 he was a Lecturer at Cambridge University where he was also a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

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Reviews

  • Discovery of Heaven – London Philharmonic

    And it would be equally hard, after Saturday’s first performance by the London Philharmonic under Ryan Wigglesworth, to imagine music more seductive in atmosphere or finely etched in orchestration.

    Andrew Clark The Financial Times
  • Discovery of Heaven – London Philharmonic

    Wigglesworth led a virtuoso account of music teeming with detail.

    Colin Anderson Classical Source

News

  • Ryan Wigglesworth announced as Composer in Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival
    13.11.17

    Ryan Wigglesworth announced as Composer in Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival

  • Groves Artists at the 2017 Proms
    20.04.17

    Groves Artists at the 2017 Proms

  • Ryan Wigglesworth to conduct new work in his Concertgebouw debut
    21.03.17

    Ryan Wigglesworth to conduct new work in his Concertgebouw debut

  • Eagerly anticipated World Premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale at ENO
    18.01.17

    Eagerly anticipated World Premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale at ENO

  • Ryan Wigglesworth debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    24.08.16

    Ryan Wigglesworth debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Ingpen artists feature in ENO’s 2016–17 season
    06.05.16

    Ingpen artists feature in ENO’s 2016–17 season