Huw Wiggin

Saxophone

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Huw Wiggin

Saxophone

Wiggin brings dazzling flair and imagination to his performance
BBC Music Magazine

https://www.huwwiggin.com

Since winning first prize and gold medal at the Royal Over-seas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin has become one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.

Biography —

Huw Wiggin has performed in venues all over the world, from the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing as well as those closer to home such as London’s Wigmore Hall. Other highlights include performances at the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Henley, Ryedale, Newbury and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Following his debut at London’s Purcell Room he was praised by the Times for his “liquid gold tones and enviable breath control”.

Since winning First Prize and Gold Medal and being named ‘Commonwealth Musician of the Year’ at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Huw has developed a career as a soloist and chamber musician. ‘Reflections’ – Huw’s debut disc on Orchid Classics in 2018 (with John Lenehan and Oliver Wass) – reached no.2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart. BBC Music Magazine praised Huw for bringing “dazzling flair and imagination to his performance”. His most recent album ‘Rhapsody’ with Noriko Ogawa was released in March 2023, featuring Debussy’s Rhapsody for Saxophone and new commissions by Joseph Phibbs, Jennifer Watson and Iain Farrington.

He is a member of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, winners of the Royal Over-seas League Ensemble Prize. The quartet have recorded four albums for Chandos Records: Flux, Revive, Evoke and Revoiced. Huw also performs regularly with harpist Oliver Wass. They have recorded two EP’s for Orchid Classics: ‘Bach’s Sonata in Eb Major’ and ‘A Christmas EP’ featuring the Music of Gruber, Bach and Holst.

He is a professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and regularly gives masterclasses at conservatoires in the UK and abroad. Huw gained a Master’s degree with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2012, having also studied at the RNCM, HFM Koeln and Chethams School of Music.

Huw is a Selmer Artist and Vandoren Artist.

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Reviews —

A keen musical intelligence and a remarkably beautiful sound

BBC Music Magazine, Kate Wakeling

Huw Wiggin’s great virtue on this disc is that he makes it sound so natural and obvious. He plays with a nice fluid tone, the instrument’s combination of reed and keys with a metal body giving a lovely mix of flexibility and edge to the tone. This is a very mobile sound, but one capable of many different incarnations.

Planet Hugill, Robert Hugill

Selected Discography —

Rhapsody

This is a lovely disc, Wiggin's imaginative programming combines with his elegantly liquid saxophone tone and style, whilst he is ably partnered by Ogawa who flits with ease between the various styles required of her.

Planet Hugill

Reflections

Wiggin is fast emerging as one of the UK’s star saxophonists. He brings a keen musical intelligence and a remarkably beautiful sound to these performances, ably accompanied by John Lenehan (piano)

BBC Music Magazine

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