At a glance
A new chamber ensemble comprising a roster of outstanding musicians, led by Michael Collins and Isabelle van Keulen, and created with Wigmore Hall’s Director, John Gilhooly.
Wigmore Soloists is a new chamber ensemble comprising a roster of outstanding musicians, led by Michael Collins and Isabelle van Keulen, and created with Wigmore Hall’s Director, John Gilhooly.
This new and innovative ensemble performs repertoire both old and new, and commissions leading composers to expand upon the extensive catalogue of chamber music works. With a large core line up of string quintet, wind quintet and piano, the group performs a wide and varied repertoire and is dedicated to revitalising great works at the highest level.
Taking the name of one of the world’s most iconic concert halls (the first time an ensemble has been given this honour), the group gives regular concerts at Wigmore Hall and in other major venues around the world. The ensemble has recorded three discs so far: Schubert’s Octet, Mozart Clarinet Quintet and most recently a Clarinet Trios disc, on BIS Records. Their 2022/23 Season will see them continuing their residency at Wigmore Hall, as well as performing a busy schedule of UK engagements and making debut performances in Austria, Ireland and Turkey.
Album of Berwald and Beethoven Septets wins coveted award Read more
'Wigmore Soloists Go French' available on BBC Sounds Read more
Recording features septets by Beethoven and Berwald Read more
Wigmore Soloists are performing today on BBC Radio 3 in Concert Read more
Recording also features Clarinet Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra Read more
The sense of ensemble playing was strong... The re-imagination of the wind parts and their role brought new opportunities to the internal balance of the work.Bachtrack
This was a delightful performance... with clarinettist Michael Collins graceful in the opening melody, and cellist Kristina Blaumane elegant when her turn came.The Strad
Collins is joined by newly formed ensemble Wigmore Soloists, the crème de la crème of chamber playersBBC Music Magazine
Phrasing of the lyrical melodies is invariably graceful... dispatched with scintillating virtuosity and an infectious sense of fun. If the finale doesn't make you smile, you probably haven't been listening.Gramophone
Selected Discography —
Wigmore Soloists: Septets
Berwald could hardly have more persuasive advocates than the Wigmore Soloists, a starry line-up led with mingled finesse and ebullience by violinist Isabelle van Keulen and clarinettist Michael Collins.
Wigmore Soloists: Clarinet Trios
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
BBC Music Magazine 5 stars
In the Quintet, Collins is joined by newly formed ensemble Wigmore Soloists, the crème de la crème of chamber players who in this beautifully produced interpretation take the much-loved piece...
Wigmore Soloists: Schubert Octet
BBC Radio 3 Record Review
Record of the Week
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