Born in Sussex, England, Mark Wigglesworth studied music at Manchester University and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A few weeks after leaving the Academy, he won the Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in The Netherlands and since then has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.
Mr. Wigglesworth was appointed Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992 and further appointments included Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Highlights of his time with the BBCNOW included several visits to the BBC Proms, a performance of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony at the prestigious Amsterdam Mahler Festival in 1995 and a six-part television series for the BBC entitled Everything To Play For.
In addition to concerts with most of the UK orchestras, Mark Wigglesworth has guest conducted many of Europe’s finest ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, La Scala Filarmonica in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Radio Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, as well as the Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand symphonies, Tokyo Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Equally busy in North America, Mr. Wigglesworth has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago and Boston symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Montreal, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver and Cincinnati symphonies. He is a regular guest at the Minnesota Orchestra and has an on-going relationship with the New World Symphony.
Mark Wigglesworth has a huge commitment to making music with young musicians. Passionate about passing on his experiences to a younger generation, he has performed with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra on several occasions as well as with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and has given conducting master classes in London, Stockholm and Amsterdam. In April 2013, he led the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center during the school’s Contemporary British Festival.
Equally at home in the opera house, Mark Wigglesworth started his operatic career as Music Director of Opera Factory in London. Since then he has worked regularly at Glyndebourne (Peter Grimes, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro), the Welsh National Opera (Elektra, The Rake’s Progress, Tristan und Isolde) and the English National Opera (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cosi fan Tutte, Falstaff, Katya Kabanova, Parsifal). He has also conducted productions at the Netherlands Opera (Peter Grimes); La Monnaie (Mitridate, Wozzeck, Pelleas et Melisande); The Sydney Opera House (Peter Grimes); New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro); the Bavarian State Opera (Cosi fan Tutte and Mitridate); and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). In March 2015, he returns to Covent Garden to lead a production of Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny.
In the recording studio, Mr. Wigglesworth’s recent activities have been centered around a multi-year project of recording all of the symphonies of Shostakovich for BIS Records. Recently completed, this cycle has received critical acclaim throughout the world. He has also recorded live performances of Mahler’s Sixth and Tenth Symphonies with the Melbourne Symphony on the MSO Live label. His most recent recording is the Brahms piano concertos with Stephen Hough and the Salzburg Mozarteum for Hyperion.