Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.
He has performed in venues as far afield as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing as well as those closer to home, such as London’s Wigmore Hall. 2016 highlights included appearances at Brighton, Newbury and Ripon International Festivals, as well as a welcome return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His performance of Milton Babbitt’s Accompanied Recitative was broadcast by BBC Radio3 on the Hear and Now programme to celebrate the composer’s centenary. 2017 will see the release of a new album featuring music for saxophone, string quartet and piano.
Huw studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne. Huw completed his studies at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch and gained a Master’s Degree with Distinction in 2012.
Further prizes and awards Huw has received include a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, and a Martin Musical Scholarship. Whilst at the RCM he won the Concerto Prize, which led to a performance of Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence.
In 2012 Huw was selected as a Park Lane Group Artist. He was praised for his ‘liquid gold tones and enviable breath control’ by The Times and premiered a new work Three Letter Word by Andy Scott. He has appeared at festivals and music societies throughout the UK and in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and a performance of Milhaud’s Scaramouche at the Henley Festival. In July 2012 Huw was invited to perform recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Huw is professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has given master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada.
Huw is a member of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and regularly performs with them in the UK and abroad. They have been major prizewinners in the UK at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition, Philharmonia’s Martins Musical Scholarship Fund and the Park Lane Group. In 2017 the quartet completed a residency at St. John’s Smith Square in London. Their debut commercial CD will be released in July 2017 by Chandos Records