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Jörg Widmann

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Jörg Widmann was born in Munich in 1973. He studied the clarinet first with Gerd Starke at the Munich Hochschule für Musik and later with Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York. His great passion being chamber music, he regularly makes music with partners such as Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, Hélène Grimaud. As a soloist, he guest-performs with major orchestras at home and abroad and has given concerts with conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Sylvain Cambreling and Kent Nagano.

Several clarinet concertos have been dedicated to and premiered by him. In 1999 he performed ‘Musik für Klarinette und Orchester’ by Wolfgang Rihm as part of ‘musica viva’ and in 2006 ‘Cantus’ by Aribert Reimann with the WDR Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001 Widmann has been professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in succession to Dieter Klöcker.

At the age of eleven, Widmann began to take composition lessons with Kay Westermann and later continued his composition studies with Hans Werner Henze, Wilfried Hiller and Wolfgang Rihm. For his compositional achievements he received the Belmont Award for Contemporary Music of the Forberg Schneider Foundation in 1999, the Schneider-Schott Music Award and Paul Hindemith Prize in 2002. In 2003 he was awarded one of the encouragement awards of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the honorary award of the Munich Opera Festival.

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