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Joerg  Widmann

Born: June 19th, 1973
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
2017-07-27 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-07-28 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn

Whoever encounters the music of Jörg Widmann for the first time is astonished at its directness and intensity. Not infrequently, the music breaks like a raging torrent over the listener: it is excessive in its effervescent virtuosity or its infinite sadness. (Markus Fein)

Jörg Widmann was born in Munich on 19 June 1973. He studied the clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Gerd Starke and later with Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York (1994-1995). He additionally began to take composition lessons with Kay Westermann at the age of eleven and subsequently continued his studies with Wilfried Hiller and Hans Werner Henze (1994-1996) and later Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe (1997-1999). Widmann’s great passion as a clarinettist is chamber music and he regularly performs with partners such as Daniel Barenboim, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, and Hélène Grimaud. He has also achieved great success as a soloist in orchestral concerts in Germany and abroad. Several works have been dedicated to Widmann by fellow composers: in 1999, he performed the premiere of “Music for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Wolfgang Rihm in the musica viva concert series; in 2006, he performed "Cantus" by Aribert Reimann with the WDR symphony orchestra, and in 2009, at the Lucerne Festival, the world premiere of Rechant by Heinz Holliger. From 2001 to 2015, Widmann was professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where he also took up the post of professor of composition in 2009. From 2017, he holds a chair at the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin.

It is the string quartets which form the core of Widmann’s œuvre: String Quartet No. I (1997), followed by Choralquartett (2003/2006) and Jagdquartett which was premiered by the Arditti Quartet in 2003. This series was completed in 2005 by String Quartet No. IV (first performance given by the Vogler Quartet) and Quartet No. V with soprano, Versuch über die Fuge [Attempt at a Fugue], premiered by Juliane Banse and the Artemis Quartet. The five string quartets are intended as a large cycle, with each individual work following a traditional form of setting.

Widmann has composed a trilogy of works for large orchestra on the transformation of vocal forms for instrumental forces consisting of the compositions Lied (2003/2007), Chor (2004) and Messe (2005). A second trilogy comprises the pieces Labyrinth (2005), Zweites Labyrinth (2006), Drittes Labyrinth (2013/2014). In all three works Widmann deals with experiences of losing and seeking orientation in musical spaces. In 2007, Christian Tetzlaff and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie gave the premiere of Widmann’s first Violin Concerto. The same year, Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic gave the first performance of Armonica for orchestra: Widmann combines the heavenly tonal colours of a glass harmonica above the orchestra to produce a homogenously breathing body of sounds and sound effects. This was followed by Con brio, an homage to Beethoven, performed for the first time by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons. It has since been performed by more than 60 conductors and became one of Widmann's most popular orchestral works. In his flute concerto Flûte en suite Widmann playfully confronts the solo instrument with different orchestral groups. It consists of eight short movements and was premiered by Joshua Smith and the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst in 2011. For pianist Yefim Bronfman, Widmann wrote the piano concerto Trauermarsch. It was first performed in December 2014 with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Premiered in November 2015 by the Orchestre de Paris and soloist Antoine Tamestit, Widmann's Viola Concerto uniquely explores the Sound possibilities of the Instrument.

Three music-theatre projects prove Widmann to be an outstanding composer for the stage: the opera Das Gesicht im Spiegel was chosen by the German magazine Opernwelt as the most significant first performance of the season 2003/04. Am Anfang (2009) is the result of a unique kind of collaboration between a visual artist and a composer; Widmann created the work together with Anselm Kiefer and conducted the world premiere on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The subsequent stage work Babylon (2011/12) is a commission by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Widmann and philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in his first venture as librettist present a new interpretation of the Babylon myth in this musicaldramatic Gesamtkunstwerk. Widmann’s large-scale oratorio ARCHE (2016) for the opening of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie includes scenic elements as well as a view of the human existence as a whole. It was premeired by Kent Nagano and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg in January 2017.

Jörg Widmann has received numerous prizes for his compositions: the Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation (1998), the Schneider-Schott Music Prize, the Paul Hindemith Prize (both in 2002), the Encouragement Award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Achievement Award from the Munich Opera Festival (both in 2003) as well as the Arnold Schönberg Prize (2004). In 2006, Widmann received the Composition Prize from the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg as well as the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize from the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, he received the Elise L. Stoeger Prize of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York and in 2013, he was awarded the Music Award of the Heidelberger Frühling and the GEMA German Music Authors Award. He is a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg, the German Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz. He was composer-in-residence of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

1973
Born in Munich on 19 June
from 1984
Studies composition with Kay Westermann in Munich
from 1986
Studies clarinet at the Munich Hochschule für Musik
1994-95
Studies clarinet with Charles Neidich at the New York Juilliard School of Music
1994-96
Studies composition with Hans Werner Henze and Wilfried Hiller in Munich
1997
Bavarian State Award for Young Artists
1997-99
Studies composition with Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe
1999
Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music, Forberg-Schneider Foundation
2001-2015
Professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik; from 2009 also professor of composition
2001
Louis Spohr Medal, Seesen
2002
Hindemith Prize of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
2003
"Das Gesicht im Spiegel" selected as the most important World premiere of the 2003/04 season by Opernwelt magazine
2004
Schoenberg Prize of the Vienna Arnold Schoenberg Centre, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and DeutschlandRadio Berlin
2005
Full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
2006
Claudio Abbado Composition Award of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy
2007
Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste
2008
Residency in Dubai, supported by the Simens Arts Program
2009
Elise L. Stoeger Prize of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York
2009/10
Featured Composer at Konzerthaus Vienna
2009-11
Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow at Cleveland Orchestra
2010
Marsilius Medal, Heidelberg University
since 2011
Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Partner at Irish Chamber Orchestra
2012
Featured Composer in the concert series "Auftakt" at Alte Oper Frankfurt
2013
Premio una vita nella musica giovani (Category "Composition")
2014
Composer & Artist in Residence at Rheingau Musikfestival
2015
Featured Composer at Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2016
Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
2017
Chair at the Barenboim-Said Academy Berlin
2017-07-27 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-07-28 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
Orchestra: Yellow Barn Music School & Festival
2017-07-29 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn — 20:00
2017-07-29 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-07-29 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-08-11 | Geisenheim (Germany), Schloss Johannisberg, Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal — Rheingau Musik Festival 2017
Conductor: Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra
2017-08-11 | Santa Cruz, CA (United States of America), Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
2017-08-11 | Montague, MI (United States of America) — 16:00
2017-08-12 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), The Queen\'s Hall
2017-08-15 | Salzburg (Austria), Kleines Festspielhaus
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2017-08-16 | Kilkenny (Ireland)
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2017-08-19 | Kilkenny (Ireland), St Canices Cathedral
2017-08-21 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall
2017-09-03 | Melle (Germany), St. Matthäus — 17:00
Orchestra: Ensemble der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie
2017-09-03 | Melle (Germany), St. Matthäus — 17:00
2017-09-04 | Rotenburg (Germany), Stadtkirche — 19:00
Orchestra: Ensemble der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie
2017-09-04 | Rotenburg (Germany), Stadtkirche — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2017-09-14 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2017-09-15 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 20:00
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-09-15 | Bukarest (Romania), Sala Radio
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2017-09-17 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 11:00
2017-09-29 | Wiehl (Germany), Burghaus Bielstein
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2017-09-29 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal
2017-09-29 | Strasbourg (France), Salle de la Bourse — 18:30
2017-09-29 | Strasbourg (France), Salle de la Bourse — 18:30
2017-09-30 | Strasbourg (France), Salle de Bourse — 17:00
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2017-10-03 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-05 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Birmingham Symphony Hall
2017-10-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), CBSO Centre — 13:10
2017-10-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), CBSO Centre — 13:10
2017-10-11 | Freiburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik
2017-10-15 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez-Saal
2017-10-15 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal — 16:00
2017-10-31 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-11-04 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 14:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-11-04 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 14:30
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Akademisten
2017-11-16 | Berlin (Germany), Heimathafen Neukölln — 20:30
2017-11-25 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal — 18:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
2017-11-26 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 16:00
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2017-11-29 | Helsinki (Finland), Music Centre, Concert Hall
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2017-11-30 | (Finland)
Conductor: Pablo Rus Broseta
Orchestra: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
2017-12-01 | Kitchener, ON (Canada), Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
2017-12-01 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
Conductor: Pablo Rus Broseta
Orchestra: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
2017-12-02 | Kitchener, ON (Canada), Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
2017-12-03 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Mendelssohn-Saal
2017-12-26 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra: hr-Sinfonieorchester
2018-01-18 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra: hr-Sinfonieorchester
2018-01-19 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
2018-01-21 | Paris (France), Cité de la musique
2018-01-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw
2018-01-28 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
2018-01-28 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
2018-01-28 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Wiener Saal — 15:00
2018-01-28 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Wiener Saal — 15:00
2018-01-29 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
2018-01-30 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2018-02-01 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal
2018-02-01 | Salzburg (Germany), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2018-02-02 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2018-02-02 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2018-02-02 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2018-02-03 | Dortmund (Germany), Konzerthaus
Conductor: Peter Manning
Orchestra: Mozart Kinderorchester
2018-02-04 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-21 | Paris (France), Philharmonie
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-22 | Paris (France), Philharmonie
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-23 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-23 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-23 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-24 | Bratislava (Slovakia)
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-25 | Wrocław (Poland)
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-25 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-25 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-25 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-26 | Wien (Austria)
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
2018-02-28 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Mendelssohn-Saal
2018-02-28 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Mendelssohnsaal
2018-03-03 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
2018-03-03 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
2018-03-03 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-08 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-09 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-10 | Dortmund (Germany)
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-10 | Mannheim (Germany), Rosengarten — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-11 | Dortmund (Germany) — 16:00
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-11 | Freiburg (Germany), Konzerthaus — 19:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-12 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-14 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-14 | Köln (Germany)
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-15 | Bruxelles (Belgium)
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-15 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
2018-03-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-25 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-25 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-04-05 | Paris (France), Philharmonie, Grande Salle Pierre Boulez
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester
2018-04-19 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester
2018-04-20 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal
2018-04-22 | Bamberg (Germany), Konzerthalle — 17:00
2018-04-22 | Bamberg (Germany), Konzerthalle — 17:00
2018-04-24 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-27 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Hall
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-28 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Hall
2018-05-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
2018-06-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
2018-06-11 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie

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Whoever encounters the music of Jörg Widmann for the first time is astonished at its directness and intensity. Not infrequently, the music breaks like a raging torrent over the listener: it is excessive in its effervescent virtuosity or its infinite sadness. (Markus Fein)

Jörg Widmann was born in Munich on 19 June 1973. He studied the clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Gerd Starke and later with Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York (1994-1995). He additionally began to take composition lessons with Kay Westermann at the age of eleven and subsequently continued his studies with Wilfried Hiller and Hans Werner Henze (1994-1996) and later Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe (1997-1999). Widmann’s great passion as a clarinettist is chamber music and he regularly performs with partners such as Daniel Barenboim, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, and Hélène Grimaud. He has also achieved great success as a soloist in orchestral concerts in Germany and abroad. Several works have been dedicated to Widmann by fellow composers: in 1999, he performed the premiere of “Music for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Wolfgang Rihm in the musica viva concert series; in 2006, he performed "Cantus" by Aribert Reimann with the WDR symphony orchestra, and in 2009, at the Lucerne Festival, the world premiere of Rechant by Heinz Holliger. From 2001 to 2015, Widmann was professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where he also took up the post of professor of composition in 2009. From 2017, he holds a chair at the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin.

It is the string quartets which form the core of Widmann’s œuvre: String Quartet No. I (1997), followed by Choralquartett (2003/2006) and Jagdquartett which was premiered by the Arditti Quartet in 2003. This series was completed in 2005 by String Quartet No. IV (first performance given by the Vogler Quartet) and Quartet No. V with soprano, Versuch über die Fuge [Attempt at a Fugue], premiered by Juliane Banse and the Artemis Quartet. The five string quartets are intended as a large cycle, with each individual work following a traditional form of setting.

Widmann has composed a trilogy of works for large orchestra on the transformation of vocal forms for instrumental forces consisting of the compositions Lied (2003/2007), Chor (2004) and Messe (2005). A second trilogy comprises the pieces Labyrinth (2005), Zweites Labyrinth (2006), Drittes Labyrinth (2013/2014). In all three works Widmann deals with experiences of losing and seeking orientation in musical spaces. In 2007, Christian Tetzlaff and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie gave the premiere of Widmann’s first Violin Concerto. The same year, Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic gave the first performance of Armonica for orchestra: Widmann combines the heavenly tonal colours of a glass harmonica above the orchestra to produce a homogenously breathing body of sounds and sound effects. This was followed by Con brio, an homage to Beethoven, performed for the first time by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons. It has since been performed by more than 60 conductors and became one of Widmann's most popular orchestral works. In his flute concerto Flûte en suite Widmann playfully confronts the solo instrument with different orchestral groups. It consists of eight short movements and was premiered by Joshua Smith and the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst in 2011. For pianist Yefim Bronfman, Widmann wrote the piano concerto Trauermarsch. It was first performed in December 2014 with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Premiered in November 2015 by the Orchestre de Paris and soloist Antoine Tamestit, Widmann's Viola Concerto uniquely explores the Sound possibilities of the Instrument.

Three music-theatre projects prove Widmann to be an outstanding composer for the stage: the opera Das Gesicht im Spiegel was chosen by the German magazine Opernwelt as the most significant first performance of the season 2003/04. Am Anfang (2009) is the result of a unique kind of collaboration between a visual artist and a composer; Widmann created the work together with Anselm Kiefer and conducted the world premiere on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The subsequent stage work Babylon (2011/12) is a commission by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Widmann and philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in his first venture as librettist present a new interpretation of the Babylon myth in this musicaldramatic Gesamtkunstwerk. Widmann’s large-scale oratorio ARCHE (2016) for the opening of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie includes scenic elements as well as a view of the human existence as a whole. It was premeired by Kent Nagano and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg in January 2017.

Jörg Widmann has received numerous prizes for his compositions: the Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation (1998), the Schneider-Schott Music Prize, the Paul Hindemith Prize (both in 2002), the Encouragement Award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Achievement Award from the Munich Opera Festival (both in 2003) as well as the Arnold Schönberg Prize (2004). In 2006, Widmann received the Composition Prize from the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg as well as the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize from the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, he received the Elise L. Stoeger Prize of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York and in 2013, he was awarded the Music Award of the Heidelberger Frühling and the GEMA German Music Authors Award. He is a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg, the German Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz. He was composer-in-residence of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Works
Chronology
1973
Born in Munich on 19 June
from 1984
Studies composition with Kay Westermann in Munich
from 1986
Studies clarinet at the Munich Hochschule für Musik
1994-95
Studies clarinet with Charles Neidich at the New York Juilliard School of Music
1994-96
Studies composition with Hans Werner Henze and Wilfried Hiller in Munich
1997
Bavarian State Award for Young Artists
1997-99
Studies composition with Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe
1999
Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music, Forberg-Schneider Foundation
2001-2015
Professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik; from 2009 also professor of composition
2001
Louis Spohr Medal, Seesen
2002
Hindemith Prize of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
2003
"Das Gesicht im Spiegel" selected as the most important World premiere of the 2003/04 season by Opernwelt magazine
2004
Schoenberg Prize of the Vienna Arnold Schoenberg Centre, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and DeutschlandRadio Berlin
2005
Full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
2006
Claudio Abbado Composition Award of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy
2007
Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste
2008
Residency in Dubai, supported by the Simens Arts Program
2009
Elise L. Stoeger Prize of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York
2009/10
Featured Composer at Konzerthaus Vienna
2009-11
Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow at Cleveland Orchestra
2010
Marsilius Medal, Heidelberg University
since 2011
Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Partner at Irish Chamber Orchestra
2012
Featured Composer in the concert series "Auftakt" at Alte Oper Frankfurt
2013
Premio una vita nella musica giovani (Category "Composition")
2014
Composer & Artist in Residence at Rheingau Musikfestival
2015
Featured Composer at Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2016
Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
2017
Chair at the Barenboim-Said Academy Berlin
Performances
2017-07-27 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-07-28 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
Orchestra: Yellow Barn Music School & Festival
2017-07-29 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn — 20:00
2017-07-29 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-07-29 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
2017-08-11 | Geisenheim (Germany), Schloss Johannisberg, Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal — Rheingau Musik Festival 2017
Conductor: Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra
2017-08-11 | Santa Cruz, CA (United States of America), Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
2017-08-11 | Montague, MI (United States of America) — 16:00
2017-08-12 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), The Queen\'s Hall
2017-08-15 | Salzburg (Austria), Kleines Festspielhaus
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2017-08-16 | Kilkenny (Ireland)
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2017-08-19 | Kilkenny (Ireland), St Canices Cathedral
2017-08-21 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Usher Hall
2017-09-03 | Melle (Germany), St. Matthäus — 17:00
Orchestra: Ensemble der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie
2017-09-03 | Melle (Germany), St. Matthäus — 17:00
2017-09-04 | Rotenburg (Germany), Stadtkirche — 19:00
Orchestra: Ensemble der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie
2017-09-04 | Rotenburg (Germany), Stadtkirche — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2017-09-14 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 20:00
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2017-09-15 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 20:00
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-09-15 | Bukarest (Romania), Sala Radio
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2017-09-17 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 11:00
2017-09-29 | Wiehl (Germany), Burghaus Bielstein
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2017-09-29 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal
2017-09-29 | Strasbourg (France), Salle de la Bourse — 18:30
2017-09-29 | Strasbourg (France), Salle de la Bourse — 18:30
2017-09-30 | Strasbourg (France), Salle de Bourse — 17:00
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2017-10-03 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-05 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Birmingham Symphony Hall
2017-10-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), CBSO Centre — 13:10
2017-10-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), CBSO Centre — 13:10
2017-10-11 | Freiburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik
2017-10-15 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez-Saal
2017-10-15 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal — 16:00
2017-10-31 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-11-04 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 14:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-11-04 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 14:30
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Akademisten
2017-11-16 | Berlin (Germany), Heimathafen Neukölln — 20:30
2017-11-25 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal — 18:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
2017-11-26 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 16:00
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2017-11-29 | Helsinki (Finland), Music Centre, Concert Hall
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2017-11-30 | (Finland)
Conductor: Pablo Rus Broseta
Orchestra: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
2017-12-01 | Kitchener, ON (Canada), Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
2017-12-01 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
Conductor: Pablo Rus Broseta
Orchestra: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
2017-12-02 | Kitchener, ON (Canada), Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
2017-12-03 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Mendelssohn-Saal
2017-12-26 | Putney, VT (United States of America), The Big Barn
Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra: hr-Sinfonieorchester
2018-01-18 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra: hr-Sinfonieorchester
2018-01-19 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
2018-01-21 | Paris (France), Cité de la musique
2018-01-27 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw
2018-01-28 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
2018-01-28 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
2018-01-28 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Wiener Saal — 15:00
2018-01-28 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Wiener Saal — 15:00
2018-01-29 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
2018-01-30 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2018-02-01 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal
2018-02-01 | Salzburg (Germany), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2018-02-02 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2018-02-02 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2018-02-02 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2018-02-03 | Dortmund (Germany), Konzerthaus
Conductor: Peter Manning
Orchestra: Mozart Kinderorchester
2018-02-04 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-21 | Paris (France), Philharmonie
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-22 | Paris (France), Philharmonie
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-23 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-23 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-23 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-24 | Bratislava (Slovakia)
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-25 | Wrocław (Poland)
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-25 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-25 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-25 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 11:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-02-26 | Wien (Austria)
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Axel Kober
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
2018-02-26 | Düsseldorf (Germany), Tonhalle — 20:00
2018-02-28 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Mendelssohn-Saal
2018-02-28 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Mendelssohnsaal
2018-03-03 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
2018-03-03 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
2018-03-03 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-08 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-09 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-10 | Dortmund (Germany)
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-10 | Mannheim (Germany), Rosengarten — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-11 | Dortmund (Germany) — 16:00
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Orchestra: SWR Symphonieorchester
2018-03-11 | Freiburg (Germany), Konzerthaus — 19:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-12 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-14 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-14 | Köln (Germany)
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-03-15 | Bruxelles (Belgium)
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-15 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
2018-03-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-25 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-25 | Essen (Germany), Philharmonie, Alfried Krupp Saal — 17:00
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2018-04-05 | Paris (France), Philharmonie, Grande Salle Pierre Boulez
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester
2018-04-19 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester
2018-04-20 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal
2018-04-22 | Bamberg (Germany), Konzerthalle — 17:00
2018-04-22 | Bamberg (Germany), Konzerthalle — 17:00
2018-04-24 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-27 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Hall
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2018-04-28 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Hall
2018-05-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Geffen Hall
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2018-06-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
2018-06-06 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
2018-06-11 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie
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