Composer, conductor and pianist Ryan Wigglesworth is one of the leading British musicians of his generation. He is currently composer in residence with the English National Opera and, since September 2015, principal guest conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. Written for Gordan Nikolitch and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, his Violin Concerto was premiered in Amsterdam in 2012.
He has composed several works commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra (including Sternenfall, 2007) and the BBC Proms (The Genesis of Secrecy, 2009). Wigglesworth conducted the premiere of his orchestral song cycle Augenlieder at the Barbican Centre in London in 2009 in a performance featuring soprano Claire Booth. First performances of his latest orchestral work, Etudes-Tableaux, took place in Cleveland (with Wigglesworth conducting) and London at the beginning of 2015.
As a conductor, Wigglesworth is a popular guest throughout the world for opera productions and contemporary works by such composers as Birtwistle, Glanert and Knussen. But he’s no stranger to older music either, having recently triumphed as conductor and pianist in Mozart’s ‘Jeunehomme’ Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Of his latest CD featuring his own compositions, The Guardian wrote, ‘Diverse and lyrical, wonderfully performed, this is music you need to hear.’