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
2007: Armonica for glass harmonica and orchestra
2009-2010: Oboe concerto
2011-2012: Babylon (opera)
Biography from Radio France’s document database, February 2014