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Mark Wigglesworth was born in Sussex, England and after studying conducting
at the Royal Academy of Music in London, won the Kondrashin International
Conducting Competition in The Netherlands in 1989. In 1992 he became
Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and since then has held
the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony
Orchestra and Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Mark has guest conducted most of the UK’s orchestras and has worked with
many of Europe’s finest ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic;
Amsterdam Concertgebouw; La Scala Filarmonica, Milan; Accademia Nazionale
di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rome; Gothenburg Symphony; Stockholm
Philharmonic; Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Radio Symphony, Salzburg
Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is just as busy in
North America having been invited to the Cleveland Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal,
and the Boston Symphony. He frequently visits the Minnesota Orchestra and
Detroit Symphony and has an on-going relationship with the New World
Symphony. In Australia he works regularly with both the Sydney and the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
Equally at home in the Opera House, Mark Wigglesworth started his operatic
career with a period as Music Director of Opera Factory, London, and has since
worked at Glyndebourne (Peter Grimes, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro), Welsh
National Opera (Elektra, The Rake's Progress, Tristan und Isolde), and English
National Opera (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cosi fan Tutte, Falstaff, Katya
Kabanova). He has conducted at the Netherlands Opera (Peter Grimes); La
Monnaie in Brussels (Mitridate, Wozzeck, Pelleas et Melisande); The
Metropolitan Opera, New York (Le Nozze di Figaro); and The Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). In 2009 he made his
debut at the Sydney Opera House, conducting a new production of Peter Grimes
and in 2011 returns to ENO for Parsifal.
Visit Mark Wigglesworth's website here.