Bas Wiegers has distinguished himself with his charisma, openness and undogmatic approach at the helm of leading European orchestras and soloist ensembles. The conductor has a detailed approach to his work, which draws on his long experience as a violinist and a wide-ranging knowledge of repertoire stretching from Baroque to contemporary music.
In the Netherlands, Bas Wiegers has worked with ensembles including the Residentie Orkest, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and, together with Peter Eötvös, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Additionally, he has made guest appearances with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart and at festivals such as Wien Modern, Holland Festival, November Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London Almeida Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Acht Brücken in Cologne.
From the start of the 2018/19 season Bas Wiegers takes on the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Klangforum Wien, which he led at the Munich Biennale in June 2018 in a new music theatre work by Stefan Prins, before making appearances at the Holland Festival, Bozar Brussels and Kampnagel in Hamburg. Further highlights of the current season include the last night of the Robeco Summer Concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the South Netherlands Philharmonic as well as new projects with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Modern. In March 2019 the revised version of Georg Friedrich Haas’ successful opera KOMA will be premiered under his baton at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.
As an opera conductor, Bas Wiegers has led Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Britten’s Noyes Fludde, Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain as well as Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and La Voix Humaine. In 2017 he led the premiere of Helmut Oehring’s KUNST MUSS (zu weit gehen) oder DER ENGEL SCHWIEG at the Cologne Opera.
Bas Wiegers is a treasured musical partner for composers such as Louis Andriessen, George Benjamin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Pierluigi Billone, Helmut Lachenmann and Rebecca Saunders.
Following his musical education in Amsterdam and Freiburg, Bas Wiegers started a successful career as a violinist with an emphasis on early music. In 2009 he was awarded a conducting scholarship from the Kersjes Foundation, and later worked as an assistant to Mariss Jansons and Susanna Mälkki at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which convinced him to completely concentrate on conducting.
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