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Wigmore Hall
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William Lyne, MBE

William Lyne, Director of Wigmore Hall, is one of the most remarkable impresarios of our time whose original programming, forging of close relationships with top international performers and discoveries of new artistic talent have made Wigmore Hall both in-demand and the world's most prestigious recital venue.

William Lyne was appointed Director of Wigmore Hall in 1966. Although the Hall had been well known since 1901, it is Mr Lyne's directorship that has moulded it into the most innovative and highly regarded recital and chamber venue in the world. It has a unique atmosphere of both intimacy and prestige that has regularly attracted the most sought after international soloists and has also made it the world's premiere Hall for debuts of new artists.

One of William Lyne's major innovations was the creation of the very first themed seasons of events in 1979/1980, which became a blueprint precedent for subsequent similar programming elsewhere. In that first season William Lyne devised the Faure series, with twenty-two concerts encapsulating all Faure's chamber works and instrumental sonatas as well as a substantial selection of his instrumental music and songs. Since then he has devised seasons' series devoted to an extremely wide variety of music and performance, including the complete Britten songs, the chamber and instrumental music and songs of Schumann, Bartok, and Janacek, British music, song recitals, and early music. William Lyne also initiated the Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts, which have become one of the popular highlights of London's cultural life.

William Lyne has brought the most sought after solo performers in the world to Wigmore Hall and has forged with them close personal ties for their return appearances. Some of the most highly prized relationships are with artists such as Olaf Bar, Joshua Bell, Barbara Bonney, Cecilia Bartoli, Victoria de los Angeles, Brigitte Fassbaender, Steven Isserlis, Sergei Leiferkus, Anne Sofie von Otter and András Schiff, as well as the Lindsay Quartet and the Borodin Quartet. William Lyne has also brought international jazz musicians to Wigmore Hall as part of an innovative and extremely successful series of jazz events.

William Lyne is one of the world's most adept discoverers and developers of new international artistic talent. Through his initiative top new young artists whose careers have been launched and developed by the Wigmore Hall include Ian Bostridge, Matthias Goerne, Wolfgang Holzmair and the Skampa Quartet of Prague. One of William Lyne's newest projects is the Young Masters series at Wigmore Hall, which is devoted to the presentation and development of the world's most outstandingly talented new and young performers.

William Lyne's unique contribution to music and performers has been acclaimed in many prestigious awards, including:

the MBE

the Evening Standard's 'Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Classical Music'

the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts

a Lifetime Achievement award from the Ambassadors for London

an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College of Music

an Honorary Membership of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In May 1997 William Lyne was appointed Artistic Director of Musica Viva in Australia.

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