Player Spotlight ~ T.J. Wiggins ~ violinist

Opus 590, “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri violin, 2007

“Being able to explore and project a huge array of rich sounds, colors, and styles has been a dream come true. My Douglas Cox violin has been the perfect tool for showcasing my musicality and creativity as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. It allows me to connect with various audiences around the world through performances of music from different time periods and eclectic styles.

I am truly grateful to Doug for the opportunity to use such an amazingly mature-sounding young instrument. I look forward to seeing how much it continues to develop and surprise me in the years to come.”

Teddy WigginsCurrently a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, violinist Teddy Wiggins appears regularly on some of the world’s finest stages. Often performing as Concertmaster or Principal Violin, Teddy can also be heard in the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto. An avid orchestral musician, his other experience includes the New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Thunder Bay Symphony to name a few. In addition, he has performed under the baton of many leading conductors such as Mario Bernardi, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda, and Valery Gergiev.

An active chamber musician, Teddy was a founding member of The Annex Quartet. In 2010, The Annex Quartet was invited to work beside the Kronos Quartet, making their Carnegie Hall debut. In addition, while involved in the group the quartet’s performances included Toronto’s Luminato Festival 2011, Stratford Music Festival 2011, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater, Mazzoleni Hall and the Bloor Street United Church. Currently, Teddy is also proficient with duo, trio, and quintet repertoire. Chamber music tours have lead him to France, China, Canada, and performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Teddy WigginsAlso an active soloist, Teddy has performed numerous recitals in cities such as Boston, St. Louis, and Toronto. His recent solo appearances include recitals at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto in December 2010 and in Mazzoleni Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in May 2012.

Teddy is a recipient of the Rachel Barton Pine Education and Career Grant. He recently completed a Performance Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory under the guidance of Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman. He looks forward to continuing his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Felicia Moye in the fall of 2012. An alumni and graduate of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston, his principal teachers include Paul Kantor, Kelly Barr and Winifred Crock.

Photos © Nathan Saliwonchyk, 2012
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