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

 

Clarinettist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. He has performed with major orchestras around the world and with conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Sylvain Cambreling, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach and Kent Nagano.

Principal Guest Conductor: Irish Chamber Orchestra

 

Clarinettist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. He has performed with major orchestras around the world and with conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Sylvain Cambreling, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach and Kent Nagano.

The 2014/15 season sees him appear as soloist with orchestras such as Staatskapelle Berlin, Hamburger Philharmoniker, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Bamberger Symphoniker, where he is also Composer-in-Residence. His music is the focus of a major European tour by The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, and his first Piano Concerto is given its world premiere by Yefim Bronfman with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.

As chamber musician Widmann appears at Berlin’s Ultraschall-Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Hamburg’s Laeizhalle, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Tokyo’s Toppan Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Opéra national de Paris. Soloists and ensembles including András Schiff, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Tabea Zimmermann, Carolin Widmann, Daniel Barenboim and the Hagen Quartet join him on the way. In addition to his continuing role as Principal Guest Conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, this season Widmann makes his London conducting debut in a programme with the London Chamber Orchestra.

Widmann has received multiple awards for his compositions, including the Belmont Award for Contemporary Music of the Forberg Schneider Foundation in 1999, the Schneider-Schott Music Award and Paul Hindemith Prize in 2002, the Arnold Schoenberg Prize from Vienna’s Arnold Schoenberg Centre and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2004), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize. In 2003 he was awarded one of the Encouragement awards of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Honorary Award of Munich’s Opernfestspiele. His opera Das Gesicht im Spiegel was selected by Opernwelt magazine as the most important world premiere of the 2003/04 season. In 2006 Widmann received the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg’s Composition Award as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker Academy’s Claudio Abbado Composition Award.

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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)