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impuls . 12th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, August 16th - 28th, 2021




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Photo: Marco Borggreve

Bas Wiegers, conductor, coach

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.


Bas Wiegers @ Karsten Witt



Bas Wiegers will lead the impuls Composition-Competition-Workshop in Vienna from August 9th to 15th, 2021 with Klangforum Wien and conduct the premieres as opener of the impuls Festival on August 16th, 2021 in Graz. For the Academy he will be available furtheron for a couple of days until August 19th, amongst others for reading-sessions with Klangforum Wien.