Principal Guest Conductor
Still only in his early thirties, Ryan Wigglesworth has rapidly established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He is currently Composer in Residence at English National Opera and held the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for the 13/14 and 14/15 seasons. As a conductor he is equally at home and much sought after in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the present day. His recent recording with the Hallé of orchestral works by Harrison Birtwistle received awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines, was chosen as a disc of the year by Time Out New York and was included in The Sunday Times Best Discs of 2011. His own orchestral song cycle, Augenlieder, was awarded the vocal prize at the 2010 British Composer Awards.
Recent engagements include Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glanert’s Caligula and Carmen and Cosi fan tutte for ENO, concerts with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, DSO Berlin, appearances at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra 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. Other highlights include return visits to the RLPO for a series of concerts, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia, and the LPO for Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at the Royal Festival Hall. Recent and forthcoming debuts include Staatstheater Stuttgart, Bayersiche Rundfunk, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Musica Nova Helsinki, Residentie Orchestra, Hague and Sao Paulo Symphony; appearances as soloist/director in Mozart Piano Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a joint concert tour with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as well as returns to the CBSO, BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony orchestras.
Wigglesworth’s compositions include three works written for the BBCSO: Sternenfall (2007); The Genesis of Secrecy, commissioned for the 2009 BBC Proms and premiered by Sir Andrew Davis; and Augenlieder, first performed by soprano Claire Booth under the composer’s direction at the Barbican in 2009. A First Book of Inventions was premiered by the RLPO in 2010. His Violin Concerto, written for Gordan Nikolic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra was first performed in Amsterdam in 2012 and was recently revised for the UK premiere with Barnabás Keleman and the Hallé. He has recently written 2 works for the Aldeburgh Festival: an orchestral piece marking the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth which was premiered in November 2013 by the BBCSO and conducted by Oliver Knussen and Echo and Narcissus, written for the tenor Mark Padmore which received its first performance in Aldeburgh in 2014. It will receive its London premiere at the Wigmore Hall in 2016. An orchestral piece for Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra was premiered in 2015, and his first opera, written for ENO, premiered at the Coliseum in the 16/17 season. His next orchestral work has been commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 2017.
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.