Jörg Widmann

Jörg Widmann

 

Jörg Widmann was born in 1973 in Munich and took his first clarinet lessons at the age of seven. He has won any number of first prizes at international competitions. A skyrocketing career as a soloist was the result, in which Mr. Widmann particularly excelled as an interpreter of contemporary music. As early as 1984, at the age of only eleven years, Jörg Widmann also began composing in addition to his clarinet studies. He later studied composition with Hans Werner Henze, Wilfried Hiller and Wolfgang Rihm. Today Widmann ranks as one of the leading composers of his generation. In 1999 he received the Belmont Prize for Modern Music from the Schneider-Forberg Foundation. Widmann´s works have received their world premières, among other venues, at such festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, the Zagreb Biennale, the Almeida Festival, the Munich Biennale and EXPO 2000. He has written works on commission for the Donaueschingen Music Festival, the Munich Kammerspiele, the Bavarian State Opera, the Munich Philharmonic and any number of other orchestras at home and abroad. Together with György Kurtág Jörg Widmann is "composer in residence" at the 2004 Salzburg Festival