Countertenor Iestyn Davies was presented with the Wigmore Medal on Monday 16 September 2019 following his 40th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall.
Inaugurated in 2007, the medal recognises major international artists and significant figures within the classical music industry who have a strong association with the Hall. The medal was awarded to Davies in recognition of his longstanding contribution to Wigmore Hall over the last 13 years: in 2014 his Wigmore Hall disc Arise, my muse won a Gramophone Award in the Recital category, and he chose to perform at Wigmore Hall for his milestone 40th birthday concert.
The concert, performed with regular collaborators The English Concert and Trevor Pinnock, began his 2019/20 season residency at the Hall. Trumpeter Alison Balsom joined them for a surprise encore of Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine which they performed together on Balsom’s 2012 album Sound the Trumpet.
John Gilhooly, artistic and executive director of Wigmore Hall, says: ‘Since making his Wigmore Series debut in 2006, Iestyn Davies has become a cherished member of the Hall’s family of artists. Iestyn is now quite rightly recognised throughout the world, not least in London, for his outstanding presence in opera and in concert. He has a voice of extraordinary beauty and is our youngest Wigmore Medal recipient to date.’
Davies comments: ‘I’m honoured to join a very distinguished group of medal recipients and even more so to have this recognition on my 40th birthday. Wigmore Hall and John Gilhooly have always been central to my development as an artist and were integral in giving me such fantastic opportunities at the start of my career.’