On 8 November Jörg Widmann receives the “Robert Schumann Preis für Dichtung und Musik” awarded by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz. The Robert Schumann prize is awarded every two years to personalities for an outstanding work in the fields of poetry, music or music communication. Previous laureates are Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Rihm and Aribert Reimann. Jörg Widmann receives the prize from Prof. Clemens Hellsberg, a former board member of the Wiener Philharmoniker and violinist.
November sees Jörg return to the Irish Chamber Orchestra for three concerts in Limerick (15 November), Cork (16 November) and Waterford (17 November), conducting the world premiere of Sebastian Adams 2018:2 in a programme featuring Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings Op. 48, Puccini’s Crisantemi and Stamiz Clarinet Concerto No.3 performed by Irish clarinettist Katherine Spencer. He then continues to Hannover for four performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under the baton of Andrew Manze on 22, 24 and 25 November.