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Jörg  Widmann

Né: 19 juin 1973
Pays d'origine: Allemagne
Upcoming :
Chef d'orchestre: Axel Kober
Orchestre: Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
2019-02-21 | Ljubljana (Slovénie), Cankarjev dom — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Axel Kober
Orchestre: Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
2019-02-22 | Ljubljana (Slovénie), Cankarjev dom — 19:30

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
depuis 1984
Studies composition with Kay Westermann in Munich
depuis 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
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
Chef d'orchestre: Axel Kober
Orchestre: Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
2019-02-21 | Ljubljana (Slovénie), Cankarjev dom — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Axel Kober
Orchestre: Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
2019-02-22 | Ljubljana (Slovénie), Cankarjev dom — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestre: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-25 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper unter den Linden — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestre: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-26 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-01 | Saint Paul (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts — 11:00 | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-01 | Saint Paul (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-02 | Northfield (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Carleton College — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-03 | Minneapolis (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Ted Mann Concert Hall — 14:00
Chef d'orchestre: Rafael Payare
Orchestre: Ulster Orchestra
2019-03-07 | Cookstown (Royaume Uni), The Burnavon Theatre — 19.00
Chef d'orchestre: Rafael Payare
Orchestre: Ulster Orchestra
2019-03-08 | Belfast (Royaume Uni), Ulster Hall — 19.45
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
Orchestre: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-03-08 | Aachen (Allemagne), Depot Talstraße — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-09 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 18:00 | Première mondiale (révision)
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-10 | Bamberg (Allemagne), Joseph-Keilberth-Saal — 17:00 - öffentliche Generalprobe
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-10 | Bamberg (Allemagne), Joseph-Keilberth-Saal — 17:00 - öffentliche Generalprobe
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-11 | Aschaffenburg (Allemagne), Stadthalle — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-11 | Aschaffenburg (Allemagne), Stadthalle — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-11 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 19:30
2019-03-12 | Berlin (Allemagne), Pierre Boulez Saal
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-13 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-13 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-14 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-14 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestre: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2019-03-15 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-15 | Hamburg (Allemagne), Elbphilharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-15 | Hamburg (Allemagne), Elbphilharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestre: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2019-03-16 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-17 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-17 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-17 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-18 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-18 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-20 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 19:30
2019-03-22 | New York, NY (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-22 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 19:30
2019-03-24 | Baltimore, MD (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Shriver Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-24 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2019-04-07 | Potsdam (Allemagne), Friedenskirche — 18:00
Orchestre: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2019-04-07 | Potsdam (Allemagne), Friedenskirche — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2019-04-07 | Potsdam (Allemagne), Friedenskirche — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathan Bloxham
Orchestre: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
2019-04-09 | Dublin (Irlande), National Concert Hall — 20.00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
Orchestre: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-04-14 | Aachen (Allemagne), Eurogress — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
Orchestre: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-04-15 | Aachen (Allemagne), Eurogress — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Harding
Orchestre: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-25 | Stockholm (Suède), Berwaldhallen | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Harding
Orchestre: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-26 | Stockholm (Suède), Berwaldhallen
Chef d'orchestre: Valentin Uryupin
Orchestre: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
2019-05-08 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
2019-06-24 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper, Apollosaal — 20:00
2019-06-27 | Fife (Royaume Uni), The Bowhouse — 20:00
2019-07-25 | Geisenheim (Allemagne), Schloss Johannisberg
2019-08-25 | Schwarzenberg (Autriche), Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal — 11:00
2019-12-01 | Ketsch (Allemagne), Ferdinand-Schmid-Haus — 17:00
2020-01-27 | San Francisco, CA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Davis Symphony Hall | Première nationale
2020-01-30 | New York, NY (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium
2020-02-01 | Washington (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestre: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-02-22 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
2020-03-26 | London (Royaume Uni), Queen Elisabeth Hall | Première nationale

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  1. Fleurs du mal

    Fleurs du mal

    Piano sonata after Baudelaire
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 9669 Q6041
    15,99 €  *
  2. Passacaglia

    Passacaglia

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : violin, cello and piano
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9633 Q6048
    18,99 €  *
  3. Études

    Études

    for Violin solo
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Numéro de volume : Heft 1 (I-III)
    Instrumentation : violin
    N° Réf. : VLB 108 Q6099
    25,99 €  *
  4. Five Fragments

    Five Fragments

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : clarinet (in A and B) and piano
    N° Réf. : KLB 54 Q6109
    16,99 €  *
  5. Fever Fantasy

    Fever Fantasy

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : piano, string quartet and clarinet in Bb (bassclarinet in Bb)
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9744 Q6168
    45,99 €  *
  6. 1st String Quartet

    1st String Quartet

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9747 Q6172
    33,99 €  *
  7. Chorale Quartet

    Chorale Quartet

    2nd string quartet
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : String Quartet
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9748 Q6173
    27,99 €  *
  8. Hunting Quartet

    Hunting Quartet

    3rd string quartet
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9749 Q6174
    45,99 €  *
  9. Fantasie

    Fantasie

    for Clarinet solo
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : clarinet in Bb
    N° Réf. : KLB 56 Q6195
    9,99 €  *
  10. Air

    Air

    for solo horn
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : horn
    N° Réf. : COR 17 Q6375
    9,99 €  *

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Profil

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.

œuvre
Chronologie
1973
Born in Munich on 19 June
depuis 1984
Studies composition with Kay Westermann in Munich
depuis 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
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
Représentations
Chef d'orchestre: Axel Kober
Orchestre: Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
2019-02-21 | Ljubljana (Slovénie), Cankarjev dom — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Axel Kober
Orchestre: Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
2019-02-22 | Ljubljana (Slovénie), Cankarjev dom — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestre: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-25 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper unter den Linden — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestre: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-26 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-01 | Saint Paul (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts — 11:00 | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-01 | Saint Paul (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-02 | Northfield (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Carleton College — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christian Zacharias
Orchestre: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-03-03 | Minneapolis (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Ted Mann Concert Hall — 14:00
Chef d'orchestre: Rafael Payare
Orchestre: Ulster Orchestra
2019-03-07 | Cookstown (Royaume Uni), The Burnavon Theatre — 19.00
Chef d'orchestre: Rafael Payare
Orchestre: Ulster Orchestra
2019-03-08 | Belfast (Royaume Uni), Ulster Hall — 19.45
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
Orchestre: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-03-08 | Aachen (Allemagne), Depot Talstraße — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-09 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 18:00 | Première mondiale (révision)
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-10 | Bamberg (Allemagne), Joseph-Keilberth-Saal — 17:00 - öffentliche Generalprobe
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-10 | Bamberg (Allemagne), Joseph-Keilberth-Saal — 17:00 - öffentliche Generalprobe
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-11 | Aschaffenburg (Allemagne), Stadthalle — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-11 | Aschaffenburg (Allemagne), Stadthalle — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-11 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 19:30
2019-03-12 | Berlin (Allemagne), Pierre Boulez Saal
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-13 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-13 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-14 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-14 | Ludwigshafen (Allemagne), BASF-Feierabendhaus — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestre: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2019-03-15 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-15 | Hamburg (Allemagne), Elbphilharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-15 | Hamburg (Allemagne), Elbphilharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestre: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2019-03-16 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-17 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-17 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-17 | Köln (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
2019-03-18 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
2019-03-18 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-20 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 19:30
2019-03-22 | New York, NY (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-22 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 19:30
2019-03-24 | Baltimore, MD (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Shriver Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
2019-03-24 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper Unter den Linden — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2019-04-07 | Potsdam (Allemagne), Friedenskirche — 18:00
Orchestre: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2019-04-07 | Potsdam (Allemagne), Friedenskirche — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jörg Widmann
Orchestre: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2019-04-07 | Potsdam (Allemagne), Friedenskirche — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Jonathan Bloxham
Orchestre: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
2019-04-09 | Dublin (Irlande), National Concert Hall — 20.00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
Orchestre: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-04-14 | Aachen (Allemagne), Eurogress — 18:00
Chef d'orchestre: Christopher Ward
Orchestre: Sinfonieorchester Aachen
2019-04-15 | Aachen (Allemagne), Eurogress — 20:00
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Harding
Orchestre: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-25 | Stockholm (Suède), Berwaldhallen | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Daniel Harding
Orchestre: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2019-04-26 | Stockholm (Suède), Berwaldhallen
Chef d'orchestre: Valentin Uryupin
Orchestre: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
2019-05-08 | Berlin (Allemagne), Philharmonie — 20:00
2019-06-24 | Berlin (Allemagne), Staatsoper, Apollosaal — 20:00
2019-06-27 | Fife (Royaume Uni), The Bowhouse — 20:00
2019-07-25 | Geisenheim (Allemagne), Schloss Johannisberg
2019-08-25 | Schwarzenberg (Autriche), Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal — 11:00
2019-12-01 | Ketsch (Allemagne), Ferdinand-Schmid-Haus — 17:00
2020-01-27 | San Francisco, CA (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Davis Symphony Hall | Première nationale
2020-01-30 | New York, NY (Etats Unis d' Amérique), Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium
2020-02-01 | Washington (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Dima Slobodeniouk
Orchestre: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-02-22 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
2020-03-26 | London (Royaume Uni), Queen Elisabeth Hall | Première nationale
Galerie Produits

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  1. Fleurs du mal

    Fleurs du mal

    Piano sonata after Baudelaire
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 9669 Q6041
    15,99 €  *
  2. Passacaglia

    Passacaglia

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : violin, cello and piano
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9633 Q6048
    18,99 €  *
  3. Études

    Études

    for Violin solo
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Numéro de volume : Heft 1 (I-III)
    Instrumentation : violin
    N° Réf. : VLB 108 Q6099
    25,99 €  *
  4. Five Fragments

    Five Fragments

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : clarinet (in A and B) and piano
    N° Réf. : KLB 54 Q6109
    16,99 €  *
  5. Fever Fantasy

    Fever Fantasy

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : piano, string quartet and clarinet in Bb (bassclarinet in Bb)
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9744 Q6168
    45,99 €  *
  6. 1st String Quartet

    1st String Quartet

    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9747 Q6172
    33,99 €  *
  7. Chorale Quartet

    Chorale Quartet

    2nd string quartet
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : String Quartet
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9748 Q6173
    27,99 €  *
  8. Hunting Quartet

    Hunting Quartet

    3rd string quartet
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Édition : Partition et parties
    N° Réf. : ED 9749 Q6174
    45,99 €  *
  9. Fantasie

    Fantasie

    for Clarinet solo
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : clarinet in Bb
    N° Réf. : KLB 56 Q6195
    9,99 €  *
  10. Air

    Air

    for solo horn
    Partition numérique
    Compositeur : Widmann, Jörg
    Instrumentation : horn
    N° Réf. : COR 17 Q6375
    9,99 €  *

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