Biography

Jörg Widmann

Current as of June 2021

Jörg Widmann is one of the most impressive and versatile artists of his generation. As Carnegie Hall’s 2019/20 season Richard and Barbara Debs Composer Chair, his work was the focus of the season.

His performances during the 2020/21 season demonstrate all aspects of his work, as clarinettist, conductor and composer at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and the Mozartfest in Würzburg among others, as well as resident artist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Potsdam Chamber Academy and the Prague Spring Festival. He has also performed with longstanding chamber music partners such as András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Denis Kozhukhin, the Cuarteto Quiroga and the Hagen Quartet in concert at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Salzburg Festival and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, as well as elsewhere.
Jörg Widmann is constantly expanding his activities as a conductor. He appears on the podium with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In November 2019 he toured the USA with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, where he is chief conductor.

Jörg Widmann is a regular guest with major international orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi.

He studied composition with Kay Westermann, Wilfried Hiller, Hans Werner Henze and Wolfgang Rihm. Conductors such as Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle regularly perform his music, while orchestras such as the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, as well as the Orchestre de Paris, have given premieres of his work and regularly include his music in their repertoire.

Jörg Widmann has been a resident artist with numerous orchestras and festivals, including the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was the first resident composer in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s history during the 2017/18 season.

Jörg Widmann has held the composition chair at the Barenboim-Said Academy since 2017. He is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg and the Mainz Academy of Science and Literature, which awarded him the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music in 2018.

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