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Mark Wigglesworth

Biography

Internationally renowned and Olivier award-winning conductor Mark Wigglesworth is one the outstanding conductors of his generation, as much at home in the opera house as the concert hall. He has worked with many of the leading orchestras of the world including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Orchestra of La Scala Milan, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, and all the major orchestras in North America.

His operatic experiences include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cosi fan Tutte, Falstaff, Katya Kabanova, Parsifal, Force of Destiny, Magic Flute, Jenufa, Don Giovanni, and Lulu for English National Opera, Peter Grimes, The Marriage of Figaro, and La Boheme at the Glyndebourne Festival; Elektra, The Rake’s Progress, and Tristan und Isolde for Welsh National Opera; Cosi fan Tutte and Mitridate for the Bavarian State Opera; The Marriage of Figaro at The Metropolitan Opera, New York; Wozzeck and Pelleas et Melisande at La Monnaie; Don Giovanni and Peter Grimes at The Sydney Opera House; and Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2017 he received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

In the studio, Mark’s recordings have centred on a project with BIS Records to record all the symphonies of Shostakovich. This cycle has received critical acclaim throughout the world. Live performances of Mahler’s Sixth and Tenth Symphonies have been issued by the Melbourne Symphony, and the Brahms Piano Concertos played by Stephen Hough and the Mozarteum Orchestra are available on the Hyperion label.

Mark Wigglesworth has been Music Director of Opera Factory, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and English National Opera, as well as Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has made a series of programmes for BBC Television entitled ‘Everything to Play For’, conducted regularly at the BBC Proms, and performed at the Edinburgh Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

A commitment to working with young people has led him to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and at the Aspen and Aldeburgh Festivals, as well as giving regular master classes in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Singapore.