Huw Wiggin and John Lenehan join forces in this duo which has been described as “a sympathetic and imaginative partnership”. The duo came together to record the disc ‘Reflections’, released in June 2018 on the Orchid Classics label, which received widespread critical praise, reaching no. 6 in the iTunes Classical Chart and no. 2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart.
Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.
He has appeared in prestigious venues around the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Other past highlights include appearances at Brighton, Newbury, Henley, Ripon and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His performance of Milton Babbitt’s Accompanied Recitative was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on ‘Hear and Now’ to celebrate the composer’s centenary.
Huw studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, before gaining a Master’s Degree with Distinction in 2012 from the Royal College of Music. He is now professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has given master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, NAFA in Singapore and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada. He has also been on the judging panel for major competitions including the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition.
Huw is a member of the multiple-prize-winning Ferio Saxophone Quartet, with whom he performs regularly in the UK and abroad. The quartet signed with Chandos Records in 2016 and has released two highly successful discs for the label: ‘Flux’ in July 2017 and ‘Revive’ in November 2018. Their new collaboration with pianist Timothy End included engagements at Church Stretton Festival and Absolute Classics in summer 2019, and will feature on their third Chandos disc, which they look forward to recording in April 2020.
With more than 70 albums to his credit, reflecting an enormous variety of genres and styles, John Lenehan ranks as one of the most versatile pianists on the classical scene today. Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the (London) Times for “a masterly recital”, Lenehan has appeared in concerts throughout the World from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe.
As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall. He has also collaborated with some of the leading instrumentalists of our time and is recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician.
His many recordings include piano recitals and concertos as well as duo sonatas, chamber music and jazz. His four-disc survey of John Ireland’s piano music received great critical acclaim, including a Gramophone award. His other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works and a disc of Erik Satie (for Classic FM). Most recently, in addition to working on ‘Reflections’ with Huw Wiggin, John has recorded albums with Tasmin Little and the Rossetti Ensemble, as well as concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the National Symphony Orchestra.
John also composes, with works published by Faber, Novello and Schotts. His Fantasy on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has recently been recorded by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He has written and arranged for a long list of soloists and orchestras including Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the BBC Concert Orchestra, RPO and Hong Kong Philharmonic.