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Born in Sussex, Mark Wigglesworth studied music at Manchester University and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst still a student, he formed The Premiere Ensemble, an orchestra committed to performing a new piece in every programme. 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 leading orchestras and opera companies of the world.

In 1992 he became Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; further appointments have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In addition to concerts with most of the UK's orchestras, Mark Wigglesworth has regularly guest conducted Europe's leading ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He has been equally busy in North America, having been invited to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Boston Symphony.

Alongside his symphonic conducting, Mark Wigglesworth has always been equally at home in the opera house, beginning with a period as Music Director of Opera Factory, London, and since involving Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera and English National Opera, as well as engagements with the Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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