Jörg Widmann

Once in a while, you encounter a musician who makes everything they touch buzz with electricity. 

We’re thrilled to introduce Jörg Widmann: maverick composer, dynamic conductor and clarinettist extraordinaire. We can’t wait for him to be our Artist in Residence in the 2017-18 season: and you can be sure we’re going to get the most out of his time with us! He’ll be starring as a concerto soloist, playing chamber music, and conducting his own fascinating, dazzlingly inventive compositions. “Any Widmann performance brings whatever he plays kicking and screaming into the present day,” says The Guardian. This is going to be seriously fun.

As clarinetist, Widmann studied with Gerd Starke in Munich and Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York. He performs regularly with leading world orchestras, such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra National de France, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Sylvain Cambreling, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Widmann studied composition with Kay Westermann, Wilfried Hiller and Wolfgang Rihm. His works continue to receive multiple awards such as the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize (2009), the Paul Hindemith Prize in 2001, the Arnold Schönberg Prize by the Vienna Arnold Schönberg Centre and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2004) and both the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg’s composition award and the Berliner Philharmoniker Academy’s Claudio Abbado Composition Award in 2006.Widmann’s compositions are performed regularly by conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle and premiered by orchestras such as the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and many others.