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Jörg Widmann

Award-winning German composer, clarinettist and conductor Jörg Widmann was born in Munich on 19 June 1973, taking clarinet lessons from the age of seven and studying composition from age eleven. He studied clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Gerd Starke and at the Juilliard School in New York with Charles Neidlich. His composition teachers have included Kay Westermann, Hans Werner Henze, Wilfried Hiller and Wolfgang Rihm.

As a clarinettist, several concerti have been dedicated to and first performed by Widmann. As a composer he has written a trilogy of orchestral works - Lied, Chor and Messe - which explore transferring vocal forms into orchestral writing. He has also written much other orchestral and chamber music. His opera Babylon received its first performance at Bavarian State Opera on 27 October 2012.

He has been composer- and/or artist-in-residence in Salzburg, Lucerne, Cologne, Vienna, Cleveland Ohio and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. He is principal guest conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

He lives and works in Freiburg (where he's professor of clarinet and composition at the University) and Munich, and there's more information about him at

A selection of M&V articles about Jörg Widmann

Ensemble. A Mirror of Time - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a trendy concert series in Rome

Ensemble. A Long Musical Summer - Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena

Ensemble. Technically Perfect - Suzanne Torrey listens to and watches Joshua Bell

Ensemble. A Remarkable Event - Paul Sarcich visits the West Cork Chamber Music Festival


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