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Ryan  Wigglesworth

Born: August 31st, 1979
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
2019-03-22 | Helsinki (Finland), Helsinki Music Centre — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-11 | Wien (Austria), Wiener Konzerthaus — 19:30 | national Premiere
"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. Augenlieder, an orchestral song cycle for soprano Claire Booth was commissioned by BBC SO and premiered with Wiggleworth conducting in November 2009. It went on to receive the vocal prize at the 2010 British Composer Awards.

Another orchestral work, Locke's Theatre, was 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 Riesen and premiered at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival by Pamela Helen Stephen, Mark Padmore and the composer. 

As Composer in Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival, Wigglesworth has written the two new works Till Dawning for soprano and orchestra and Fanfare for Grafenegg, which will be premiered at the festival by the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Wigglesworth’s opera, The Winter's Tale (2017) opened at English National Opera in a production directed by actor Rory Kinnear with a cast including Iain Paterson and Sophie Bevan in the main roles. A new orchestral work, Clocks from a Winter’s Tale, was premiered by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in May 2017.

Ryan Wiggesworth was Daniel R. Lewis Composing Fellow with The Cleveland Orchestra 2013-2015, for whom he wrote Études-Tableaux, premiered in 2015 under Franz Welser-Möst.

As a conductor, Wigglesworth works with major international orchestras including the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. 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 whom he works closely. In 2013 he conducted the revival of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higgelty, Piggelty, Pop! with the Britten Sinfonia for Aldeburgh and the Barbican.

Wigglesworth's recording of orchestral works by Harrison Birtwistle with the Hallé for NMC won awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines. NMC released Echo and Narcissus, a first orchestral portrait disc for Wigglesworth in October 2015.

Ryan Wigglesworth is represented as a conductor by Jonathan Groves at Groves Artists.

1979
Born in Yorkshire
2007-09
Lecturer at Cambridge University and Fellow of Corpus Christi College
2008
Premiere of "Sternenfall" for orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
2009
Premiere of "The Genesis of Secrecy" for orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Premiere of "Augenlieder" for soprano and orchestra (Claire Booth, BBC Symphony Orchestra)
2010
"Augenlieder" wins the vocal prize at the British Composer Awards

Premiere of "A First Book of Inventions"
2012
Composer-in-Residence at English National Opera (ENO)

Composer-in-Residence at the Nederlands Kamerorkest and Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
2019-03-22 | Helsinki (Finland), Helsinki Music Centre — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-11 | Wien (Austria), Wiener Konzerthaus — 19:30 | national Premiere

Gallery

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  1. Augenlieder

    Augenlieder

    for soprano and orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Language: English - French - German
    Order No.: ED 13367 Q7300
    €21.99  *
  2. Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    Download Edition
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13695 Q42526
    €25.99  *
  3. Augenlieder

    Augenlieder

    for soprano and orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Language: English - French - German
    Order No.: ED 13367
    €28.00  *
  4. A First Book of Inventions

    A First Book of Inventions

    for orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13471
    €28.00  *
  5. Sternenfall

    Sternenfall

    for orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13531
    €19.50  *
  6. Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13695
    €33.00  *
  7. A Wreath

    A Wreath

    for mixed choir
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SSAATB)
    Edition: choral score, with piano reduction for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13777
    €6.00  *
  8. Locke's Theatre

    Locke's Theatre

    for orchestra
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13930
    €25.00  *
  9. Augenlieder

    Augenlieder

    for soprano and orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
    Edition: performance material
    Language: English - French - German
  10. Sternenfall

    Sternenfall

    for orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material

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Profile
"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. Augenlieder, an orchestral song cycle for soprano Claire Booth was commissioned by BBC SO and premiered with Wiggleworth conducting in November 2009. It went on to receive the vocal prize at the 2010 British Composer Awards.

Another orchestral work, Locke's Theatre, was 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 Riesen and premiered at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival by Pamela Helen Stephen, Mark Padmore and the composer. 

As Composer in Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival, Wigglesworth has written the two new works Till Dawning for soprano and orchestra and Fanfare for Grafenegg, which will be premiered at the festival by the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Wigglesworth’s opera, The Winter's Tale (2017) opened at English National Opera in a production directed by actor Rory Kinnear with a cast including Iain Paterson and Sophie Bevan in the main roles. A new orchestral work, Clocks from a Winter’s Tale, was premiered by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in May 2017.

Ryan Wiggesworth was Daniel R. Lewis Composing Fellow with The Cleveland Orchestra 2013-2015, for whom he wrote Études-Tableaux, premiered in 2015 under Franz Welser-Möst.

As a conductor, Wigglesworth works with major international orchestras including the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. 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 whom he works closely. In 2013 he conducted the revival of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higgelty, Piggelty, Pop! with the Britten Sinfonia for Aldeburgh and the Barbican.

Wigglesworth's recording of orchestral works by Harrison Birtwistle with the Hallé for NMC won awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines. NMC released Echo and Narcissus, a first orchestral portrait disc for Wigglesworth in October 2015.

Ryan Wigglesworth is represented as a conductor by Jonathan Groves at Groves Artists.

Works
Chronology
1979
Born in Yorkshire
2007-09
Lecturer at Cambridge University and Fellow of Corpus Christi College
2008
Premiere of "Sternenfall" for orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
2009
Premiere of "The Genesis of Secrecy" for orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Premiere of "Augenlieder" for soprano and orchestra (Claire Booth, BBC Symphony Orchestra)
2010
"Augenlieder" wins the vocal prize at the British Composer Awards

Premiere of "A First Book of Inventions"
2012
Composer-in-Residence at English National Opera (ENO)

Composer-in-Residence at the Nederlands Kamerorkest and Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Performances
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
2019-03-22 | Helsinki (Finland), Helsinki Music Centre — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2019-04-11 | Wien (Austria), Wiener Konzerthaus — 19:30 | national Premiere
Gallery

Gallery

Products

per page
  1. Augenlieder

    Augenlieder

    for soprano and orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Language: English - French - German
    Order No.: ED 13367 Q7300
    €21.99  *
  2. Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    Download Edition
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13695 Q42526
    €25.99  *
  3. Augenlieder

    Augenlieder

    for soprano and orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Language: English - French - German
    Order No.: ED 13367
    €28.00  *
  4. A First Book of Inventions

    A First Book of Inventions

    for orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13471
    €28.00  *
  5. Sternenfall

    Sternenfall

    for orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13531
    €19.50  *
  6. Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13695
    €33.00  *
  7. A Wreath

    A Wreath

    for mixed choir
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SSAATB)
    Edition: choral score, with piano reduction for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13777
    €6.00  *
  8. Locke's Theatre

    Locke's Theatre

    for orchestra
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13930
    €25.00  *
  9. Augenlieder

    Augenlieder

    for soprano and orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
    Edition: performance material
    Language: English - French - German
  10. Sternenfall

    Sternenfall

    for orchestra
    Composer: Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material

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