‘Jörg Widmann is one of the most interesting composers in Europe, and recognised as one of the leading clarinet virtuosos. In addition, he is an outstanding conductor. To be both a composing and a performing artist at this level is very rare – we hardly see it in contemporary music, says Festival director Anders Beyer.
On the appointment Jörg Widmann says: ‘I am very excited to be part of the 2020 Bergen International Festival – their musical vision, variety and quality is truly outstanding and inspiring for the whole Nordic region. As their Artist in Residence I hope to contribute to this remarkable festival, hopefully creating a unique experience by combining music of the present with music of the past’.
Each year the Bergen International Festival presents a musical portrait of a contemporary composer through a number of performances and personal meetings with the artist during the Festival.
American Missy Mazzoli will be Artist in Residence in 2021.