Piano Works

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Featured works: "Fleurs du Mal," "Fragment in C," "Toccata," "Lichtstudie III," and "Elf Humoresken." Jörg Widmann, born in Munich in 1973, studied clarinet at the Music Academy in his home town with Gerd Starke, and later with Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York. He began taking composition lessons at the age of 11, and his teachers included Wilfried Hiller, Hans Werner Henze, Heiner Goebbels, and Wolfgang Rihm. As a clarinetist, Widmann's greatest passion is chamber music. He regularly performs with partners such as Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Christine Schäfer, and Gidon Kremer. He is also successful at home and abroad as a concerto soloist (with, among others, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, DSO Berlin, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra), working with conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sylvain Cambreling, Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman and Kent Nagano. Several new clarinet concertos have been dedicated to him, including works by Wolfgang Rihm, Aribert Reimann, and Heinz Holliger. Jörg Widmann has been Composer and Artist in Residence at various festivals and institutions, including the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus and, in 2010/2011, with the Cleveland Orchestra. Since 2001, he has been Professor of Piano at the Freiburg Academy of Music, where he also became Professor of Composition in 2009. He has received numerous national and international awards for his work. German pianist Jan Philip Schulze is a multi-faceted soloist, vocal accompanist and contemporary music specialist and has performed at important international venues with such partners as Juliane Banse, Annette Dasch, Dietrich Henschel, Jonas Kaufmann, Robert Dean Smith, and Violeta Urmana, and collaborated closely with composers such as Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Schnebel, and Jörg Widmann. He has also appeared alongside the Munich Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Bavarian and West German Radio. He is Professor of Lieder at the Hanover Academy of Music, Theater and Media.