Bas Wiegers has distinguished himself with his charisma, openness, and nondogmatic approach at the helm of leading European orchestras and soloist ensembles. The conductor approaches his work with tremendous thoughtfulness and draws on his extensive experience as a violinist and a wide-ranging knowledge of repertoire, ranging 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. In addition, he has made guest appearances with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble Modern, Munich Chamber Orchestra, at the Cologne Opera and at festivals such as November Music, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Acht Brücken in Cologne.
In the 2021/22 season he will conduct the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, and will be at the rostrum of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for the first time. In December, a new song project dedicated to Mahler and Ives will receive its premiere in Vienna, performed together with Thomas Hampson and the Klangforum Wien, where he has been principal guest conductor since 2018.. He will also conduct the Klangforum at Ultima Festival Oslo, Ruhrtriennale, Warsaw Autumn, and Prague Spring Festival. Further appearances include the concerts with Musikfabrik Köln at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and with Ensemble Resonanz at Mozartfestival Würzburg.
Following a filmed production of Brittens The Turn of the Screw (Eva-Maria Höckmeyer), Bas Wiegers will return to the Opéra national de Lorraine for a new production of The Magic Flute (Anna Bernreitner). His debuts at the Stuttgart Opera (Death in Venice) and the Flemish Opera (KOMA), scheduled for 2020, had to be cancelled due to the Corona virus, alongside the Klagenfurt premiere of Sciarrino's new opera Il canto s'attrista, perché?, which was rehearsed almost completely under his direction.
Bas Wiegers is a treasured musical partner for composers such as Georges Aperghis, Georg Friedrich Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Rebecca Saunders.
Following his musical education in Amsterdam and Freiburg, Bas Wiegers began 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, an experience which convinced him to focus entirely on conducting.