Jörg Widmann

German composer and clarinetist (born in 1973, Munich)

Marked by a deep respect for classicism, Widmann has re-interpreted it in unexpected soundscapes with sophisticated tones.

Jörg Widmann started taking lessons at the University of Music in Munich with Gerd Starke, then at the Juilliard school in New York with Charles Neidich. He received his first composition classes at the age of eleven with Wilfried Hiller, Hans Werner Henze, then Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm.

As a clarinetist, he has mainly focused on chamber music and has often performed with well-known partners such as Heinz Holliger, András Schiff and Gidon Kremer. He has an enthusiastic audience when he performs as a soloist with the major German and foreign orchestras, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman or Kent Nagano. He has played in several concertos written for him by Wolfgang Rihm, Aribert Reimann and Heinz Holliger.

The Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, the Cologne symphony orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Konzerthaus in Vienna have called upon his talents as a composer by commissioning him several works.

He was later appointed professor of clarinet, in 2001, and professor of composition in 2009 at the University of Music Freiburg. He received many international awards for all his performances.

Six landmark dates in the life of Jörg Widmann

1984: started studying composition with Kay Westermann in Munich

1997: he received the Young Artist Prize of the State of Bavaria

2001: he started teaching clarinet at the University of Music Freiburg

2005: he became member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts

2008: he was in residence in Dubai

2013: Heidelberger Frühling Music Award

Six key works by Jörg Widmann

1996 -1997: Fleurs du mal for piano

1997: Arlecchino Rabbioso for mechanical organ

2004: Oktett

2007: Armonica for glass harmonica and orchestra

2009-2010: Oboe concerto

2011-2012: Babylon (opera)

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Biography from Radio France’s document database, February 2014