Biography

Chester-born pianist Sally Wigan has performed across the UK, Switzerland and Hungary in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Symphony Hall Birmingham, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place Concert Hall and the Franz Liszt Concert Hall in Budapest. Sally has been selected as a Park Lane Group (PLG) Young Artist for the past three consecutive years, to great critical acclaim.

A dedicated exponent of twentieth-century and contemporary repertoire, Sally has worked with such composers as John McCabe, Judith Weir and Arlene Sierra. To date Sally has won numerous awards including third prize in the Ninth British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2013, the 2009 Frank Merrick Prize in the RCM Contemporary Piano Competition and the 2007 Birmingham Chamber Music Society & Derek Young Memorial Award with a performance of Messiaen's 'Quatour pour la fin du temps'. Sally was also awarded runner-up prize in the piano section of the 2008 Performing Australian Music Competition, which led to her performances and keen involvement in the 'Celebrating Grainger' week at Kings Place in 2011.

Sally studied with Kalman Drafi at the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, as winner of the 2009 Joseph Weingarten Scholarship. Prior to this she gained her Masters degree from the Royal College of Music in 2009 under Andrew Ball's tuition, with a programme of English twentieth-century works for her final recital. Sally attained first class Honours in her Bachelor's degree from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2007 with Margaret Newman, graduating with the highest mark for a pianist in her year.

"Masques by Debussy was dispatched with effortless panache"

Edward Clarke - Musical Opinion, April/June 2014

"a veritable encyclopaedia of pianism ... Wigan discharged the piece with fluid assurance ... confident and efficient"

Hilary Finch - The Times, 13th January 2013

"Sally Wigan's assured solo piano"

Guy Dammann - The Guardian, 13th January 2013

"Wigan depicted the stinging birdsong of 'Le Loriot' from Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux with real bite ... The haunted atmospheres of selections from Book I of Arlene Sierra's Birds and Insects (2004-7) were excellently captured in this European premiere, however, with the lonely repetitions of 'Cicada Sketch' being particularly effective."

Andrew Morris - Classical Source, 10th January 2013

"dedicated performance... Wigan's account seemed first-class, and was given a thumbs-up by McCabe"

Colin Anderson - Classical Source, 12th January 2012 on Sally's performance of McCabe's Variations (1963)

"A totally enjoyable performance...flawlessly exciting."

Kathleen Dodds, Westminster Friends News, November 2007

"Sally Wigan... exhibited considerable potential, both as a flexible and sensitive accompanist and as a fluent, thoughtful soloist. Her performance... displayed command of intricate textures and a real feeling for the underlying darkness characteristic of so much Russian music."

Brian Richardson, The Keswick Reminder, April 2006