Ryan Wigglesworth

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Ryan Wigglesworth (born 1979) is a composer, conductor and pianist born in Yorkshire, England. He is currently Composer in Residence at English National Opera.

Career[edit]

In recent seasons he has appeared with English National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has premiered works by composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Elliott Carter. During the 2012/13 season he returns to ENO for Carmen, as well as to the LPO, RLPO and BCMG. He also makes his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester at the Berlin Philharmonie. His recent recording of orchestral works by Birtwistle with the Halle received awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines, was chosen as disk of the year by Time Out, New York, and was included in The Sunday Times Best Disks of 2011.

Wigglesworth's recent compositions include three works for the BBCSO: Sternenfall (2007); The Genesis of Secrecy, commissioned for the 2009 BBC Proms; and the orchestral song cycle Augenlieder, first performed by the 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, and his recent Violin Concerto, written for Gordan Nikolic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, was first performed in Amsterdam in February 2012. His current projects include a work for the tenor Mark Padmore, an orchestral work to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth for the Aldeburgh Festival, and a full scale opera for ENO.

Wigglesworth was educated at Oxford University (where he held the position of Organ Scholar at New College) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and between 2007-9 was a Lecturer at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

External References[edit]

[1] Wigglesworth's Homepage at Schott Music

[2] Agent's website