Jörg Widmann
Conductor / Clarinet / Composer

Jörg Widmann’s is the sort of musical multitasking that you thought had gone out of fashion since the great composer-performers of the 19th century.

Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Karin Schwarz-Feyhl +49 (0)89 6797 10432
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Biography

Principal Guest Conductor: Irish Chamber Orchestra

 

Clarinetist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. The 2016/17 season will see him appear as soloist with orchestras such as Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Bamberger Symphoniker and London Chamber Orchestra. In July 2017 he will feature as soloist on a tour with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Kent Nagano.

In January 2017 Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie will open with the premiere of a new oratorio. Jörg Widmann will be featured with an artist portrait in the hall’s first season, seeing him perform in a solo recital as well as a duo recital with Mitsuko Uchida and in a concert with the ensemble Resonanz.

Principal Guest Conductor: Irish Chamber Orchestra

 

Clarinetist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. The 2016/17 season will see him appear as soloist with orchestras such as Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Bamberger Symphoniker and London Chamber Orchestra. In July 2017 he will feature as soloist on a tour with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Kent Nagano.

In January 2017 Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie will open with the premiere of a new oratorio. Jörg Widmann will be featured with an artist portrait in the hall’s first season, seeing him perform in a solo recital as well as a duo recital with Mitsuko Uchida and in a concert with the ensemble Resonanz.

Further residencies include Brussel’s BOZAR where Widmann will be featured as soloist with the Orchestre National Belgique under Xian Zhang, the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and in a play-direct programme with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Further concerts in this residency include two recitals, as composer he is featured in two concerts with Ensemble Modern and the Orchestre National Belgique. As the Munich Chamber Orchestra’s artist in focus he will perform a play-direct programme and his compositions will be performed in a portrait concerto.

Chamber music performances in the 2016/17 season include duo recitals with Mitsuko Uchida including the premiere of a new work for MU at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, a US recital tour with the Pacifica Quartet and recitals with the Hagen Quartet featuring the premiere of his new clarinet Quintet at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional.

Amongst his regular chamber music partners are renowned soloists and ensembles such as Sir András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Mitsuko Uchida, and the Hagen and Arcanto quartets.

Continuing his intense activities as conductor, Jörg Widmann will perform this season with the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and the Irish Chamber Orchestra with whom he will embark on a tour throughout Germany and Europe, of which he is Principal Guest Conductor.

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Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Karin Schwarz-Feyhl +49 (0)89 6797 10432
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Reviews

“Jörg Widmann’s five string quartets make up a kind of meta quartet – a massive web of musical dialectics that celebrate, explode and generally redefine the genre’s lofty, loaded heritage. No other contemporary composer has grappled with quartet form quite so intelligently or so probingly. It’s astoundingly virtuosic stuff, mentally and musically, and jaw-droppingly beautiful at times: just listen to the gossamer-fine and haunting textures of the fourth quartet, or the stark violence that ends the third.” (The Guardian, July 2015)

“Tuesday’s performance featured Germany’s lively and engaging Jörg Widmann, a welcome presence whether as composer, clarinettist or conductor...Throughout he displayed masterfully fluid tone control over every register, from the highest cloud-covered peak to the lowest velvet burblings.” (The Times, February 2015)

“Jörg Widmann’s five string quartets make up a kind of meta quartet – a massive web of musical dialectics that celebrate, explode and generally redefine the genre’s lofty, loaded heritage. No other contemporary composer has grappled with quartet form quite so intelligently or so probingly. It’s astoundingly virtuosic stuff, mentally and musically, and jaw-droppingly beautiful at times: just listen to the gossamer-fine and haunting textures of the fourth quartet, or the stark violence that ends the third.” (The Guardian, July 2015)

“Tuesday’s performance featured Germany’s lively and engaging Jörg Widmann, a welcome presence whether as composer, clarinettist or conductor...Throughout he displayed masterfully fluid tone control over every register, from the highest cloud-covered peak to the lowest velvet burblings.” (The Times, February 2015)

“He’s truly a marvellous player, conjuring a long line in the Larghetto that was as tenderly beautiful as any performance I’ve heard.” (Daily Telegraph, February 2010)

“This phantasmagorical and so clearly defined masterpiece [Mozart Clarinet Concerto), one which remains so refined, was interpreted by Jörg Widmann in most sympathetic manner: from pearl-like runs throughout the entire range of the instrument intimately counterbalanced cantilena, Widmann produced tonal arches in perfect balance, which one can not help but call perfect.” (Pressespiegel, December 2007)

“A most ‘Schubertian’ Mozart emerges if an artist such as Jörg Widmann takes on the challenge of Mozart as he appears in the Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major op. 622. Technical brilliance couples with tonal beauty, and – assuming perfection – profound layer after profound layer is opened up.” (Drehpunktkultur, December 2006)