Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth

Born: August 31st, 1979
Country of origin: United Kingdom


Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
February 6th, 2015 | Barbican Hall - London - United Kingdom

Violin Concerto
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
February 12th, 2015 | Tapiola Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre - Uusimaa - Finland


"Wigglesworth writes music stamped with iridescent hues, instrumental finesse, shapely ideas and a lyrical impulse that stays within reach even when textures turn prickly… [his] bright ear for glinting textures, his flair for taut motivic interplay, his conjuror’s ability to cast a spell." The Times

Composer, conductor, pianist Ryan Wigglesworth was born in Yorkshire in 1979. Educated at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, between 2007 and 2009 he was a Lecturer at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

His orchestral work, Sternenfall, written for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and premiered under the composer’s direction in February 2008, firmly established Wigglesworth as one of the leading composers of his generation. Two further works for the BBC SO immediately followed, The Genesis of Secrecy, commissioned by the BBC Proms and premiered in August 2009 conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; and Augenlieder, an orchestral song cycle for soprano Claire Booth premiered by Wigglesworth with the BBC SO in November 2009, which went on to receive the vocal prize at the 2010 British Composer Awards.

Ryan Wigglesworth is Composer-in-Residence with English National Opera, for whom he is writing an opera (2017) and with whom he conducts a new production every season. He is also the current Daniel R. Lewis Composing Fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has a continuing relationship with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and was recently announced as the next Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, to take effect in September 2015.  He has conducted over forty premieres, introducing major works by Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter and Alexander Goehr, and including the music of Oliver Knussen, from whose advice and guidance he has benefitted for several years. In 2013 he conducted the revival of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a new production of Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higgelty, Piggelty, Pop! with the Britten Sinfonia for Aldeburgh and the Barbican.

Recent works include Locke's Theatre, commissioned for the BBC SO and Aldeburgh to celebrate Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday on 22 November 2013 and Echo and Narcissus, a dramatic cantata for mezzo, baritone, three female voices and piano co-commissioned by Aldeburgh, Wigmore Hall and Musik im Reisen and premiered at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival by Pamela Helen Stephen, Mark Padmore and the composer. 

Wigglesworth's recording of orchestral works by Harrison Birtwistle with the Hallé for NMC won awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines. A disc of his orchestral works will be released by NMC in 2015.

Ryan Wigglesworth is represented as a conductor by Ingpen & Williams.