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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 his homeland of the Netherlands, Bas Wiegers has worked with ensembles including the 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, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart and at festivals such as November Music, Holland Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London Almeida Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Acht Brücken in Cologne.
In September 2018, Bas Wiegers was appointed the first guest conductor of Klangforum Wien, with whom he will appear in the 2019/20 season at Wien Modern and the Cologne Philharmonie, among others. Overall, the new season will be varied: he will perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in Arnhem and make his debut at the Staatsoper Stuttgart with Death in Venice. Bas Wiegers will return to the Stadttheater Klagenfurt for the world premiere of Sciarrino's new opera Il canto s'attrista, perché?, and will conduct programmes at Het Gelders Orkest and the Estonian National Symphony that fluctuate from Rebel to Mozart and Schubert to Schreker. Last but not least, he will debut with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Resonanz (Donaueschingen).
As an opera conductor, Bas Wiegers has led Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Britten’s Noye’s 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. In March 2019 he premiered the revised version of Georg Friedrich Haas' successful opera Koma at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.
Bas Wiegers is a treasured musical partner for composers such as Louis Andriessen, Georges Aperghis, 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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Following the intermission, Wiegers‘ mastery revealed itself in Chronochromie. His tempos were swift, consistently drawing out brilliantly virtuoso playing from the phenomenal drummers. This was also true of the strings solo in the sixth movement, Épôde. Here, Wiegers maintained the harmony of the whole while highlighting with his baton the distinct motifs and individual voices mimicking birdsong.
Michael Klier, bachtrack.com, 02/12/2019
Bas Wiegers conducted the whole evening in a calm and relaxed manner, his entries and accents were composed and controlled, and his likeable charisma inspired both musicians and audience.
Michael Klier, bachtrack.com, 10/11/2018
Under the fiery direction of Bas Wiegers, what the KSO achieved with this unrestrained flow of devilish sound – with its undulating, tonal fluctuations from the dark of night to a pungent glare – brought the composer to his knees by the end.
Irina Lino, Kronen Zeitung, 30/03/2019
The achievements of the ensemble, musicians and conductor Bas Wiegers cannot be overestimated.
Martin Gasser, Kleine Zeitung, 30/03/2019
What’s truly amazing is the music. After the premiere, Haas could only kneel down to thank Bas Wiegers, in leading the orchestra, for such a remarkable performance. Given that there was no light to lead him through the trenches, the conductor had to rely on his own mental powers of transmission.
Michael Cerha, The Standard, 30/03/2019
Conductor Bas Wiegers makes the orchestra sound powerful yet transparent. He knows how to deal with the dramatic lines and rhythmic flow, and he does justice to the clarity and humor in Poulenc´s music.
Mark Duijnstee, Operanederland.nl
Lead by two independently waving conductors, Peter Eötvös and Bas Wiegers, the Concertgebouw Orchestra gave a shimmering performance.
Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant
Andriessen´s music was played by the Dutch Asko|Schönberg ensemble and conductor Bas Wiegers with incredible precision and virtuosity.
|RAVEL||Ma Mère l´Oye|
|KODALY||Dances from Galanta|
|IVES||Three Places in New England|
|ROSSINI||La Gazza Ladra Ouverture|
|BEETHOVEN||Concerto for Violin|
|MENDELSOHN||Symphony no 3|
|BARTOK||Concerto for Orchestra|
|MILHAUD||La Création du Monde|
|MAHLER||Symphony no 4|
|FAURÉ||Suite Pelléas et Mélisande|
|BEETHOVEN||Symphony no 7|
|MILHAUD||La Création du Monde|
|POULENC||La Voix Humaine|
|WEILL||Symphony no 2|
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Operatic repertoire upon request
From the beginning of the 2018/19 season Bas Wiegers takes over the position of Principal Guest Conductor of Klangforum Wien from Sylvain Cambreling. For the ensemble’s 2018/19 programme, the conductor contributed an essay entitled “Some thoughts about diversity and character,” a shortened version of which we reproduce here with kind permission of Klangforum Wien. The full version is available to read in the ensemble’s blog....
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