Clarinettist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. The 2018/19 season saw him appearing as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hanover and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Jörg Widmann is currently artist in residence with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. Further residencies included the Orchestre de Paris, where his own compositions were featured in various concerts.
Chamber music performances during the 2018/19 season included concerts with the Hagen Quartet at the Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall and trio recitals with Tabea Zimmermann and Dénes Várjon in Munich and Budapest. In February he gave the premiere of Péter Eötvös’s Joyce.
Jörg Widmann also conducted the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Boulez Ensemble in Berlin, and he toured with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie throughout Germany. In August 2018 Jörg Widmann conducted the premiere of his Second Violin Concerto with soloist Carolin Widmann and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Further performances followed with the Orchestre de Paris, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. A new version of his opera Babylon had its premiere at the Berlin State Opera in March 2019.
Jörg Widmann studied the clarinet with Gerd Starke in Munich and with Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York. He performs regularly with renowned orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi.
He gave the world premiere of Mark Andre’s clarinet concerto über in Donaueschingen in 2015. Other clarinet concertos written for him include Wolfgang Rihm’s Musik für Klarinette und Orchester and Aribert Reimann’s Cantus.
Jörg Widmann was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg (2007) and the Mainz Academy of Science and Literature (2016), which awarded him the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music in 2018. In December last year he was honoured with the Maximilian Order of Bavaria.