Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
NY Recital Debut
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
BERG Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
JÖRG WIDMANN Fantasie for Solo Clarinet
SCHUBERT Impromptu in C Minor, D. 899, No. 1
JÖRG WIDMANN Sonatina facile (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
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Clarinetist, composer, and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. During the 2016-2017 season, he appears as a soloist with orchestras that include Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Bamberger Symphoniker. In July 2017, he will be featured as a soloist on tour with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Kent Nagano.
In January 2017, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie opened with the premiere of a new oratorio by Mr. Widmann. He will be featured in an artist portrait during the hall's first season, including a solo recital, a duo recital with Mitsuko Uchida, and a concert with Ensemble Resonanz.
Mr. Widmann's residencies include Brussels' BOZAR, where he will be featured as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium under Xian Zhang and with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in a program that will include him as both soloist and conductor. Also included in his residency are performances of his works by Ensemble Modern and Quatuor Diotima. As the Munich Chamber Orchestra's artist-in-focus, he leads and performs with the orchestra, in addition to his compositions being presented as part of a portrait concerto.
Mr. Widmann regularly partners with renowned soloists and ensembles, including Sir András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and the Hagen Quartet. Chamber music performances this season include duo recitals with Ms. Uchida-including the premiere of a new work he wrote for the pianist-at London's Wigmore Hall and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie; a US recital tour with the Pacifica Quartet; and recitals with the Hagen Quartet that feature the premiere of his new Clarinet Quintet at Madrid's Auditorio Nacional.
Continuing his engagements as a conductor, Mr. Widmann performs this season with the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and embarks on a tour throughout Germany and Europe with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, of which he is the principal conductor.
Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez.
In 2016, Ms. Uchida was appointed an artistic partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and began a series of concerts directing Mozart concertos from the keyboard in tours of major European venues, as well as in Japan. Other recent highlights include an acclaimed performance of Schoenberg's piano concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and play-directing The Cleveland Orchestra in performances at Cleveland's Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall. Recital tours in 2016 included performances at Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and London's Royal Festival Hall.
In 2017, Ms. Uchida embarks on a Schubert sonata series-featuring 12 of Schubert's major works-which she will tour throughout Europe and North America. She also returns to the Salzburg and Edinburgh festivals, and appears with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano.
Ms. Uchida's relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has resulted in numerous residencies. She has been artist-in-residence at The Cleveland Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozartwoche, and Lucerne Festival, as well as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist during the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons.
Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. She recently finished recording Mozart's piano concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, the last installment of which was released this past fall.
Highly committed to aiding the development of young musicians, Ms. Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and director of the Marlboro Music Festival. Ms. Uchida was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.