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Ryan  Wigglesworth

Born: August 31st, 1979
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-27 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-28 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall

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

Leading composer, conductor and 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. In 2019 Wigglesworth was appointed the Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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 premiered by Wigglesworth with the BBC SO in November 2009, and 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 Reisen and premiered at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival by Pamela Helen Stephen, Mark Padmore and the composer.

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 Composer in Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival, Wigglesworth wrote Till Dawning for soprano and orchestra, premiered at the festival by Sophie Bevan and the Tonkünstler Orchestra under the composer’s direction. A new Piano Concerto (2018-19) for the 2019 BBC Proms will be given its world premiere in August by Marc-André Hamelin and Britten Sinfonia.

In 2017 Wigglesworth’s opera, The Winter's Tale (2015-16) 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.

Recent engagements as a conductor include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Bergen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms. He has conducted over forty premieres, introducing major works by Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter and Alexander Goehr, and is a champion of the music of Oliver Knussen, with whom he worked closely. Forthcoming engagements sees debut visits to the Swedish Radio Symphony, RSO Vienna, Tokyo, Melbourne and Seattle symphony orchestras, Frankfurt Opera for The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as a return to the Hallé and the BBC Proms with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Britten Sinfonia.

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

Ryan Wigglesworth is represented as a conductor by 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: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-27 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-28 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-29 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-04-08 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
2020-06-18 | Snape (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19.30
2020-06-19 | Snape (United Kingdom), Britten Studio — 16.00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2020-06-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2020-06-28 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2020-06-29 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00

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  1. Sternenfall

    Sternenfall

    for orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  2. Études-Tableaux

    Études-Tableaux

    for orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. The Winter's Tale

    The Winter's Tale

    opera in three acts based on the play by William Shakespeare
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    librettist : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Language : English
  4. Clocks from a Winter's Tale

    Clocks from a Winter's Tale

    for orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  5. Till Dawning

    Till Dawning

    Settings of texts by George Herbert
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : soprano and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  6. Prelude to a Requiem

    Prelude to a Requiem

    for solo trumpet and two offstage trumpets
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : 3 trumpets
  7. Piano Concerto

    Piano Concerto

    for piano and chamber orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : piano and chamber orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  8. The Nursery

    The Nursery

    (Kinderstube)
    text writer : Moussorgsky, Modest
    Instrumentation : soprano and chamber orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Russian
  9. 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  *
  10. 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  *

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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

Leading composer, conductor and 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. In 2019 Wigglesworth was appointed the Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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 premiered by Wigglesworth with the BBC SO in November 2009, and 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 Reisen and premiered at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival by Pamela Helen Stephen, Mark Padmore and the composer.

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 Composer in Residence at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival, Wigglesworth wrote Till Dawning for soprano and orchestra, premiered at the festival by Sophie Bevan and the Tonkünstler Orchestra under the composer’s direction. A new Piano Concerto (2018-19) for the 2019 BBC Proms will be given its world premiere in August by Marc-André Hamelin and Britten Sinfonia.

In 2017 Wigglesworth’s opera, The Winter's Tale (2015-16) 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.

Recent engagements as a conductor include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Bergen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms. He has conducted over forty premieres, introducing major works by Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter and Alexander Goehr, and is a champion of the music of Oliver Knussen, with whom he worked closely. Forthcoming engagements sees debut visits to the Swedish Radio Symphony, RSO Vienna, Tokyo, Melbourne and Seattle symphony orchestras, Frankfurt Opera for The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as a return to the Hallé and the BBC Proms with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Britten Sinfonia.

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

Ryan Wigglesworth is represented as a conductor by 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: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-27 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-28 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2020-02-29 | Seattle (United States of America), Benaroya Hall
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-04-08 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
2020-06-18 | Snape (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19.30
2020-06-19 | Snape (United Kingdom), Britten Studio — 16.00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2020-06-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2020-06-28 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2020-06-29 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Gallery Products

per page
  1. Sternenfall

    Sternenfall

    for orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  2. Études-Tableaux

    Études-Tableaux

    for orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. The Winter's Tale

    The Winter's Tale

    opera in three acts based on the play by William Shakespeare
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    librettist : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Language : English
  4. Clocks from a Winter's Tale

    Clocks from a Winter's Tale

    for orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  5. Till Dawning

    Till Dawning

    Settings of texts by George Herbert
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : soprano and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  6. Prelude to a Requiem

    Prelude to a Requiem

    for solo trumpet and two offstage trumpets
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : 3 trumpets
  7. Piano Concerto

    Piano Concerto

    for piano and chamber orchestra
    Composer : Wigglesworth, Ryan
    Instrumentation : piano and chamber orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  8. The Nursery

    The Nursery

    (Kinderstube)
    text writer : Moussorgsky, Modest
    Instrumentation : soprano and chamber orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Russian
  9. 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  *
  10. 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  *

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