One of Germany's most sought-after composers and a virtuoso clarinettist, Jörg Widmann has performed with major orchestras around the world with conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Sylvain Cambreling, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach and Kent Nagano. Several clarinet concertos have been dedicated to and premiered by him. His oeuvre includes a large number of chamber music works, scenic works such as his first full-length opera Das Gesicht im Spiegel, and large-scale orchestral works. Leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker have commissioned works from him. At Opéra Bastille, Am Anfang (part installation, part opera) by Anselm Kiefer and Jörg Widmann, was premiered in July 2009. He has been invited as composer in residence with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, 2004 Salzburg Festival, Essen and Cologne Philharmonies, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Cleveland Orchestra.
“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)
Jörg Widmann tours Europe with Antoine Tamestit and Francesco Piemontesi
Alte Oper Frankfurt highlights work of Jörg Widmann
Jörg Widmann and Alina Pogostkina appear at Salzburger Festspiele
Jörg Widmann performs in Austria, Switzerland and Germany with Hagen Quartet
Wiener Philharmoniker perform world premiere of Jörg Widmann's Teufel Amor
Jörg Widmann performs with Washington's National Symphony Orchestra
HarrisonParrott artists perform at Aldeburgh Festival
The Cleveland Orchestra gives world premiere of Jörg Widmann's 'Flûte en suite'
Xian Zhang conducts three concerts with SWR Stuttgart
Jörg Widmann performs at Salzburg Mozartwoche with Christian Tetzlaff