·· Lukas Hagen, Violin
·· Rainer Schmidt, Violin
·· Veronika Hagen, Viola
·· Clemens Hagen, Cello
Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
DVOŘÁK Selections from Echo of Songs (after Cypresses)
·· "I know that on my love"
·· "Death reigns"
·· "Here gaze I"
·· "Nature lies peaceful"
JÖRG WIDMANN Clarinet Quintet (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MOZART Clarinet Quintet
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The Hagen Quartet’s unprecedented three-decade-plus career began in 1981. Its early years—marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that would produce around 45 albums over the next 20 years—enabled the group to work its way through the vast repertoire for string quartet and develop its distinctive profile. Collaborations with artistic personalities such as György Kurtág and the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt are as important to the Hagen Quartet as its concert appearances with performers such as Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Sabine Meyer, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff, and Jörg Widmann.
In the 2018–2019 season, the Hagen Quartet’s performance schedule takes the musicians to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and venues in Brussels, Hamburg, Cologne, and Berlin, to name a few. The quartet is again a guest at the Salzburg Festival and the Schubertiade Hohenems. A tour in Asia includes concerts in Tokyo and Fukushima, as well as performances in China, Macau, and Taiwan. The quartet travels to the United States for concerts in New York, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.
The Hagen Quartet’s recording of Mozart’s K. 387 and K. 458 string quartets was awarded the Diapason d’Or and the Choc de Classica (France), as well as the coveted German ECHO Klassik award for Best Chamber Music Recording of 17th-/18th-Century Music (2016). In 2011, the quartet won its first ECHO Klassik award (Ensemble of the Year); in 2012, it was named an honorary member of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The Hagen Quartet’s concert repertoire and discography feature programs that embrace the entire history of the string quartet genre, from its pre-Haydn beginnings all the way to Kurtág. The Hagen Quartet also works closely with composers of its own generation, not only reviving existing works, but commissioning and premiering new pieces.
The Hagen Quartet performs on old Italian master instruments.
Clarinetist, composer, and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. The 2018–2019 season sees him appear as a soloist with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Susanna Mälkki, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Shao-Chia Lü, and NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Manze.
Mr. Widmann is artist in residence at Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, appearing as clarinetist (in a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto), conductor, composer, and lecturer. He is also in residence at the Orchestre de Paris, where his works feature in various concerts.
Chamber music performances in the 2018–2019 season include trio concerts with Tabea Zimmermann and Dénes Várjon, as well as quintet concerts with the Hagen Quartet. He gives chamber performances in the US in Baltimore and New York, and in Europe in Budapest, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Munich. In February, he gave the premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Joyce, a work written for him and commissioned by the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical.
Continuing his intense activities as a conductor, Mr. Widmann performs this season with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Boulez Ensemble, and Kammerakademie Potsdam, and tours Germany with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. As the principal conductor, he leads the Irish Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Ireland, and embarks on a tour to South America with concerts in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro.
In August 2018, Mr. Widmann conducted the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 2, performed by Carolin Widmann with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. This season sees performances of this piece with the Orchestre de Paris, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Widmann performs regularly with renowned orchestras, such as Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, and Christoph von Dohnányi.