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Joerg  Widmann

Born: June 19th, 1973
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Tomas Westbrooke
Orchestra: Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Dresden
2019-04-17 | Dresden (Germany), Hochschule für Musik — 19:30
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
2019-04-17 | Evian (France), La Grange au Lac — 20:00

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. Moreover, Widmann is Pricipal Conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

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 as does the Violin Concerto No. 2 for Carolin Widmann, written and premiered in 2018.

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, the new version für 2019 was commissioned by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. 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, in 2018, he was awarded the Robert Schumann Award of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz and the Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst. 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
Schneider-Schott Music Award, Mainz
2002
Hindemith Prize of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
2003
Encouragement Award of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
2003
Honorary Award of the Munich Opera Festival
2003
"Das Gesicht im Spiegel" selected as the most important World premiere of the 2003/04 season by Opernwelt magazine
2004
Composer in Residence at Salzburg Festival
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
Composition Award, SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg for "Zweites Labyrinth" (Donaueschinger Musiktage)
2006
Claudio Abbado Composition Award of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy
2007
Member of the Free Academy of the Arts, Hamburg
2007
Music Award, Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation
2007
Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste
2008
Residency in Dubai, supported by the Simens Arts Program
2009
Featured Composer at Köln Philharmonie
2009
Composer in Residence at Lucerne Festival
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
"Making Music: Jörg Widmann" at Carnegie Hall, New York
2012
Featured Composer in the concert series "Auftakt" at Alte Oper Frankfurt
2013
Music Award Heidelberger Frühling
2013
GEMA German Music Authors Award (Category: Symphonic Composition)
2013
Premio una vita nella musica giovani (Category "Composition")
2014
Artist in Residence at Storioni Festival in Eindhoven (NL)
2014
Artiste étoile at Mozartfest in Würzburg
2014
Composer in Residence at Musikfestival Grafenegg
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
Becomes principal conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra
2017
Chair at the Barenboim-Said Academy Berlin
2018
Robert Schumann Award for Music and Poetry of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
2018
Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Conductor: Tomas Westbrooke
Orchestra: Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Dresden
2019-04-17 | Dresden (Germany), Hochschule für Musik — 19:30
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
2019-04-17 | Evian (France), La Grange au Lac — 20:00
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
2019-04-23 | Baku (Azerbaijan) — 17:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-25 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-26 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00
2019-05-05 | Arlington Heights, IL (United States of America), Hey Nonny
Conductor: Valentin Uryupin
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2019-05-08 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Martin André
Orchestra: Remix Ensemble
2019-05-11 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música — 18:00
Conductor: Wolfram Christ
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2019-05-18 | Firenze (Italy), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino — 20:00
Conductor: Julien Leroy
Orchestra: Ensemble Intercontemporain
2019-05-27 | Praha (Czech Republic), Rudolfinium, Dvorak Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Wolfram Christ
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2019-06-05 | Pisa (Italy), Teatro Verdi — 21:00
Conductor: Wolfram Christ
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2019-06-06 | Livorno (Italy), Teatro Goldoni
2019-06-24 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper, Apollosaal — 20:00
2019-06-27 | Fife (United Kingdom), The Bowhouse — 20:00
2019-07-12 | Miami,FL (United States of America), Hyatt Regency Downtown
Orchestra: Musicians from Marlboro Music Festival
2019-07-20 | Marlboro, Vermont (United States of America), Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College
2019-07-25 | Geisenheim (Germany), Schloss Johannisberg
2019-08-25 | Schwarzenberg (Austria), Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
2019-10-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Róbert Farkas
Orchestra: NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
2019-10-25 | Wrocław (Poland), Nationnal Forum of Music — 19:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-10-26 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Acdemy of St. Martin in the Fields
2019-10-31 | Bregenz (Austria), Festspielhaus — 19:30
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 20:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 10:00 - öffentliche Generalprobe
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-09 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 19:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-10 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 11:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-13 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2019-11-19 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2019-11-19 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall — 19:30
2019-12-01 | Ketsch (Germany), Ferdinand-Schmid-Haus — 17:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2020-01-23 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2020-01-24 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2020-01-25 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall — 20:00
2020-01-27 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davis Symphony Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: Houston Symphony
2020-01-30 | Houston,TX (United States of America), Jones Hall
2020-01-30 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
2020-02-01 | Washington (United States of America)
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: Houston Symphony
2020-02-01 | Houston,TX (United States of America), Jones Hall
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: Houston Symphony
2020-02-02 | Houston,TX (United States of America), Jones Hall
Conductor: Andrew Manze
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2020-02-02 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Sinfonia Lahti
2020-02-06 | Lahti (Finland), Sibeliustalo — 19:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-02-22 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Elim Chan
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2020-02-22 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester
2020-02-29 | Suhl (Germany), Congress Centrum — 17:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester
2020-03-01 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 11:00
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2020-03-15 | Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus — 19:00
2020-03-26 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elisabeth Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Klaus Mäkelä
Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta
2020-03-27 | Espoo (Finland), Culture Centre — 19:00
2020-04-01 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall — 19:30
Orchestra: Ensemble Connect
2020-04-06 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Svenska Kammarorkestern
2020-04-23 | Örebro (Sweden), Konsertsalen — 19:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Svenska Kammarorkestern
2020-04-23 | Örebro (Sweden), Konsertsalen — 19:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
2020-05-13 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Kurhaus, Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
2020-05-13 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Kurhaus, Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2020-05-22 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2020-05-23 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2020-05-24 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Orquestra Simfônica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
2020-06-12 | Barcelona (Spain), Palau de la Música — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Orquestra Simfônica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
2020-06-12 | Barcelona (Spain), Palau de la Música — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2020-06-18 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 20:00
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2020-06-19 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 20:00

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  1. Fleurs du mal

    Fleurs du mal

    Piano sonata after Baudelaire
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9669 Q6041
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  2. Passacaglia

    Passacaglia

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : violin, cello and piano
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    Order No. : ED 9633 Q6048
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  3. Études

    Études

    for Violin solo
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Volume number : Heft 1 (I-III)
    Instrumentation : violin
    Order No. : VLB 108 Q6099
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  4. Five Fragments

    Five Fragments

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : clarinet (in A and B) and piano
    Order No. : KLB 54 Q6109
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  5. Fever Fantasy

    Fever Fantasy

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : piano, string quartet and clarinet in Bb (bassclarinet in Bb)
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    Order No. : ED 9744 Q6168
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  6. 1st String Quartet

    1st String Quartet

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 9747 Q6172
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  7. Chorale Quartet

    Chorale Quartet

    2nd string quartet
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : String Quartet
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    Order No. : ED 9748 Q6173
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  8. Hunting Quartet

    Hunting Quartet

    3rd string quartet
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
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    Order No. : ED 9749 Q6174
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  9. Fantasie

    Fantasie

    for Clarinet solo
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : clarinet in Bb
    Order No. : KLB 56 Q6195
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  10. Air

    Air

    for solo horn
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : horn
    Order No. : COR 17 Q6375
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Profile

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. Moreover, Widmann is Pricipal Conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

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 as does the Violin Concerto No. 2 for Carolin Widmann, written and premiered in 2018.

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, the new version für 2019 was commissioned by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. 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, in 2018, he was awarded the Robert Schumann Award of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz and the Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst. 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
Schneider-Schott Music Award, Mainz
2002
Hindemith Prize of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
2003
Encouragement Award of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
2003
Honorary Award of the Munich Opera Festival
2003
"Das Gesicht im Spiegel" selected as the most important World premiere of the 2003/04 season by Opernwelt magazine
2004
Composer in Residence at Salzburg Festival
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
Composition Award, SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg for "Zweites Labyrinth" (Donaueschinger Musiktage)
2006
Claudio Abbado Composition Award of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy
2007
Member of the Free Academy of the Arts, Hamburg
2007
Music Award, Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation
2007
Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste
2008
Residency in Dubai, supported by the Simens Arts Program
2009
Featured Composer at Köln Philharmonie
2009
Composer in Residence at Lucerne Festival
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
"Making Music: Jörg Widmann" at Carnegie Hall, New York
2012
Featured Composer in the concert series "Auftakt" at Alte Oper Frankfurt
2013
Music Award Heidelberger Frühling
2013
GEMA German Music Authors Award (Category: Symphonic Composition)
2013
Premio una vita nella musica giovani (Category "Composition")
2014
Artist in Residence at Storioni Festival in Eindhoven (NL)
2014
Artiste étoile at Mozartfest in Würzburg
2014
Composer in Residence at Musikfestival Grafenegg
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
Becomes principal conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra
2017
Chair at the Barenboim-Said Academy Berlin
2018
Robert Schumann Award for Music and Poetry of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
2018
Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Performances
Conductor: Tomas Westbrooke
Orchestra: Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Dresden
2019-04-17 | Dresden (Germany), Hochschule für Musik — 19:30
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
2019-04-17 | Evian (France), La Grange au Lac — 20:00
Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
2019-04-23 | Baku (Azerbaijan) — 17:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-25 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-26 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00
2019-05-05 | Arlington Heights, IL (United States of America), Hey Nonny
Conductor: Valentin Uryupin
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2019-05-08 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Martin André
Orchestra: Remix Ensemble
2019-05-11 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música — 18:00
Conductor: Wolfram Christ
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2019-05-18 | Firenze (Italy), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino — 20:00
Conductor: Julien Leroy
Orchestra: Ensemble Intercontemporain
2019-05-27 | Praha (Czech Republic), Rudolfinium, Dvorak Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Wolfram Christ
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2019-06-05 | Pisa (Italy), Teatro Verdi — 21:00
Conductor: Wolfram Christ
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2019-06-06 | Livorno (Italy), Teatro Goldoni
2019-06-24 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper, Apollosaal — 20:00
2019-06-27 | Fife (United Kingdom), The Bowhouse — 20:00
2019-07-12 | Miami,FL (United States of America), Hyatt Regency Downtown
Orchestra: Musicians from Marlboro Music Festival
2019-07-20 | Marlboro, Vermont (United States of America), Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College
2019-07-25 | Geisenheim (Germany), Schloss Johannisberg
2019-08-25 | Schwarzenberg (Austria), Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal — 11:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
2019-10-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Róbert Farkas
Orchestra: NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
2019-10-25 | Wrocław (Poland), Nationnal Forum of Music — 19:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-10-26 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Acdemy of St. Martin in the Fields
2019-10-31 | Bregenz (Austria), Festspielhaus — 19:30
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 20:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 10:00 - öffentliche Generalprobe
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-09 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 19:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-10 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 11:00
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2019-11-13 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2019-11-19 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
2019-11-19 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall — 19:30
2019-12-01 | Ketsch (Germany), Ferdinand-Schmid-Haus — 17:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2020-01-23 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2020-01-24 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2020-01-25 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davies Symphony Hall — 20:00
2020-01-27 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Davis Symphony Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: Houston Symphony
2020-01-30 | Houston,TX (United States of America), Jones Hall
2020-01-30 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
2020-02-01 | Washington (United States of America)
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: Houston Symphony
2020-02-01 | Houston,TX (United States of America), Jones Hall
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: Houston Symphony
2020-02-02 | Houston,TX (United States of America), Jones Hall
Conductor: Andrew Manze
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2020-02-02 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Sinfonia Lahti
2020-02-06 | Lahti (Finland), Sibeliustalo — 19:00
Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-02-22 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Elim Chan
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2020-02-22 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Concert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester
2020-02-29 | Suhl (Germany), Congress Centrum — 17:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester
2020-03-01 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus — 11:00
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2020-03-15 | Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus — 19:00
2020-03-26 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elisabeth Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Klaus Mäkelä
Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta
2020-03-27 | Espoo (Finland), Culture Centre — 19:00
2020-04-01 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall — 19:30
Orchestra: Ensemble Connect
2020-04-06 | New York, NY (United States of America), Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Svenska Kammarorkestern
2020-04-23 | Örebro (Sweden), Konsertsalen — 19:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Svenska Kammarorkestern
2020-04-23 | Örebro (Sweden), Konsertsalen — 19:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
2020-05-13 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Kurhaus, Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
2020-05-13 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Kurhaus, Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2020-05-22 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2020-05-23 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2020-05-24 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Orquestra Simfônica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
2020-06-12 | Barcelona (Spain), Palau de la Música — 20:00
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Orquestra Simfônica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
2020-06-12 | Barcelona (Spain), Palau de la Música — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2020-06-18 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 20:00
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
2020-06-19 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig — 20:00
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  1. Fleurs du mal

    Fleurs du mal

    Piano sonata after Baudelaire
    Download Edition
    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9669 Q6041
    €15.99  *
  2. Passacaglia

    Passacaglia

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : violin, cello and piano
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 9633 Q6048
    €18.99  *
  3. Études

    Études

    for Violin solo
    Download Edition
    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Volume number : Heft 1 (I-III)
    Instrumentation : violin
    Order No. : VLB 108 Q6099
    €25.99  *
  4. Five Fragments

    Five Fragments

    Download Edition
    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : clarinet (in A and B) and piano
    Order No. : KLB 54 Q6109
    €16.99  *
  5. Fever Fantasy

    Fever Fantasy

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : piano, string quartet and clarinet in Bb (bassclarinet in Bb)
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 9744 Q6168
    €45.99  *
  6. 1st String Quartet

    1st String Quartet

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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 9747 Q6172
    €33.99  *
  7. Chorale Quartet

    Chorale Quartet

    2nd string quartet
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : String Quartet
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 9748 Q6173
    €27.99  *
  8. Hunting Quartet

    Hunting Quartet

    3rd string quartet
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    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 9749 Q6174
    €45.99  *
  9. Fantasie

    Fantasie

    for Clarinet solo
    Download Edition
    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : clarinet in Bb
    Order No. : KLB 56 Q6195
    €9.99  *
  10. Air

    Air

    for solo horn
    Download Edition
    Composer : Widmann, Joerg
    Instrumentation : horn
    Order No. : COR 17 Q6375
    €9.99  *

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