Bas Wiegers



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08.09. 20:00
TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

Hugo Morales,  On Floating Ground
Gerhard Stäbler,  New Work - commissioned by NRW Rundfunk, world première
Sebastian Hilli,  New Werk - commissioned by Gaudeamus, world première
Christiaan Richter,  We get requests - commissioned by Gaudeamus

Asko Schönberg Ensemble
Bas Wiegers, conductor


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.

2018/2019 season

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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,, 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,

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.
Kölner Stadtanzeiger

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