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Mark Wigglesworth conducting the ASO ©Shane Reid

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra today announces the appointment of Mark Wigglesworth as its next Chief Conductor. The appointment, for an initial period of three years, commences in January 2025. Wigglesworth will spend three periods per year with the Orchestra. Known for his masterly interpretations and highly detailed performances, the former Principal Guest Conductor will perform with the ASO this September before returning in May 2025 for his inaugural performance as Chief Conductor.

Established in 1936, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has an international reputation for distinction, vitality, versatility and innovation, and is South Australia’s largest performing arts organisation. Every year, the Orchestra performs over 125 concerts across a diverse musical spectrum, as well as providing the orchestral support for the State Opera of South Australia and performances by the Australian Ballet, and is the most prolific contributor to the annual international arts festival, Adelaide Festival.

Mark Wigglesworth’s appointment heralds a new chapter for the ASO, as he brings with him a wealth of experience and accolades garnered from performances with prestigious orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. He is also a frequent guest conductor at the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His recent appointment as Chief Conductor of the UK’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra further underscores his distinguished career.

Colin Cornish AM, Chief Executive Officer of the ASO, emphasised the significance of Wigglesworth’s appointment, stating:

“With the appointment of Mark, we have the commitment of not only one of the world’s leading conductors, but also a genuine and passionate musician to lead the ASO to new levels of artistry and connection with our community.”

Commenting on his appointment, Wigglesworth expressed his enthusiasm for returning to Adelaide and collaborating with the ASO:

“I have been working with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for the last ten years and every performance we have given together has been a truly memorable experience for me. The musicians are exceptional, as individuals and as a group, and I feel there is no limit to what we can achieve together.

It is going to be a privilege to work in Adelaide on a regular basis and to have the opportunity to engage in the South Australian community in a more profound way. Live music brings people together at a time when we need these connections more than ever. Sharing with others the emotions that music stirs within us creates bonds of true and lasting value. To play my part in that in South Australia is something I am looking forward to enormously.”