Ryan Wigglesworth has established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He was recently announced as the next Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, to take effect in September 2015. He is currently Composer in Residence at ENO and holds the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for the next two seasons. As a conductor he is much sought after in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the present day.
Conducting engagements include Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for ROH, Covent Garden, Glanert’s Caligula and Carmen for ENO and concert performances with the Philharmonia, RLPO, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, London Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, DSO Berlin and at the BBC Proms with both BBC NOW and Britten Sinfonia. He opened the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival with performances of Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! in celebration of the composer’s 60th birthday.
Recent and forthcoming debuts include the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Hallé (with whom he conducted the UK premier of his Violin Concerto with Barnabás Keleman) and Residentie Orchestra, Hague; appearances as soloist/director in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a concert tour with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as well as returns to ENO (Cosi fan tutte), the BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony orchestras and the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival, where he performed his latest work Echo and Narcissus.
Born in Yorkshire, he studied at New College, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Between 2007-9 he was a Lecturer at Cambridge University where he was also a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.