Acclaimed Music Director departing opera company for Norwegian orchestra
Sussex-born Mark Wigglesworth has been acclaimed around the world for his exceptional orchestral and opera conducting. He's recently been appointed the next Music Director of English National Opera.
- Born on 19 July 1964, Wigglesworth attended Bryanston School, studied music at Manchester University, and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
- While still a student, he formed The Premiere Ensemble, committed to playing a new piece in every programme.
- A few weeks after leaving the Royal Academy of Music in 1989, he won the Kondrashin Conducting Competition in Amsterdam.
- He has conducted at the Salzburg Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the 1995 Mahler Festival in Amsterdam and in 2000 led the Sydney Symphony in the closing concert of the Olympic Arts Festival.
- He has made guest appearances with leading opera companies and orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, LSO, and the Metropolitan Opera of New York.
- He conducted his first opera production in 1991, Cosi fan Tutte for Opera Factory in London. He made his first conducting appearance with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in November 2002.
- On 23 January 2014, he was named English National Opera's next Music Director, commencing in the autumn of 2015. His previous productions at ENO include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cosi fan Tutte, Falstaff, Katya Kabanova and Parsifal.
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Wigglesworth is currently in the process of recording a complete Shostakovich Symphony cycle with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for BIS Records. This cycle has received critical acclaim throughout the world.
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