• Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

    Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Gives New York Premiere of Sonatina Facile by Jörg Widmann in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on March 30

    Clarinetist-Composer Jörg Widmann Makes His New York Recital Debut, Joining Mitsuko Uchida for Duo Recital in Zankel Hall on April 2
    Image by © Justin Pumfrey and Marco Borgrevve 
    Program Information
    Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, Op. 16
    JÖRG WIDMANN Sonatina facile (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17

    Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

    Tickets: $49–$156

    Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    JÖRG WIDMANN, Clarinet
    NY Recital Debut

    JOHANNES BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
    ALBAN BERG Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
    JÖRG WIDMANN Fantasie for Solo Clarinet
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Impromptu in C Minor, D. 899, No. 1
    JÖRG WIDMANN Idyll and Abgrund: Six Schubert Reminiscences for Piano
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

    Tickets: $81, $96

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hal
    Renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida returns to Carnegie Hall for two concerts this spring, presenting a masterful partnership with clarinetist-composer Jörg Widmann . Ms. Uchida gives a solo recital on Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage that features the New York premiere of Mr. Widmann’s Sonatina facile , co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commissions Project. Showcasing Ms. Uchida’s musical versatility, the program also includes Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 and Kreisleriana , Op. 16, and Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545.

     Mr. Widmann joins Ms. Uchida on clarinet for his New York recital debut on Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall with two of the composer’s works on the program: Fantasie for Solo Clarinet and Idyll and Abgrund: Six Schubert Reminiscences for Piano. The program, which Ms. Uchida and Mr. Widmann have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie earlier this season, also includes works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Berg. Full program information is listed below.

    About the Artists
    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 for a new generation of listeners.

    Artist-in-Residence at Hamburg’s recently-inaugurated Elbphilharmonie, Mitsuko Uchida played the opening piano recital in January 2017. This season also marks the start of a three-year collaboration with the Southbank Centre in London. In 2016, Mitsuko Uchida was appointed an Artistic Partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and began a series of concerts directing Mozart concerti from the keyboard in tours of major European venues and Japan. Other recent highlights included an acclaimed performance of the Schoenberg piano concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the 2015 BBC Proms, play-directing The Cleveland Orchestra in performances at Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall, and two appearances at the 2016 Baden-Baden Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle. Recital tours in 2016 included Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall. With a strong commitment to chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates closely with the world’s finest musicians. Following concerts with Dorothea Röschmann, the Ebène Quartet, and Magdalena Kožená in 2015, Mitsuko Uchida also appeared in chamber music programs with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    In the second half of 2017, Mitsuko Uchida will embark on a Schubert sonata series, featuring 12 of Schubert’s major works which she will tour throughout Europe and North America. She will also return to the Salzburg and Edinburgh festivals and appear with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, and L’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano. Mitsuko Uchida’s loyal relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has resulted in numerous residencies. She has been Artist-in-Residence at The Cleveland Orchestra and at the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozartwoche, and Lucerne Festival. She curated a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall during the 2003–2004 season entitled Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited and the Concertgebouw a Carte Blanche series.

    Highly committed to aiding the development of young musicians, Mitsuko Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In May 2012, she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal and in 2014 received an Honorary Degree from the University of Cambridge. A guest of honor at the Salzburg Mozartwoche in 2015, Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal. In October 2015, she received the Praemium Imperiale Award from the Japan Art Association.

    Clarinetist, composer, and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. For the 2016–2017 season, he appears as soloist with orchestras such as Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, L’Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Juraj Valchua, Orchestre National Belgique with Xian Zhang, and L’Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Peter Rundel. In July 2017, he performs as soloist on a tour with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Kent Nagano.

    In January 2017, his new oratorio was premiered as part of the opening festival of the Elbphilharmonie. Jörg Widmann’s artistry is further highlighted in the hall’s first season, including a solo recital and duo recital with Mitsuko Uchida, and a play-direct program with Ensemble Resonanz. His opera, Babylon, will be performed later this season in concert by Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Markus Stenz. Further residencies include Brussel’s BOZAR where Mr. Widmann is featured as soloist, conductor, and composer. As artist in focus at Münchener Kammerorchester, he performs a play-direct program featuring his own compositions. Chamber music performances in the 2016–2017 season include a US recital tour with the Pacifica Quartet and recitals with the Hagen Quartet, featuring the premiere of his new clarinet quintet at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional.

    As clarinetist, Mr. Widmann studied with Gerd Starke in Munich and Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School in New York. He performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Sylvain Cambreling, Christoph Eschenbach, and Christoph von Dohnányi.

    Mr. Widmann studied composition with Kay Westermann, Wilfried Hiller, and Wolfgang Rihm. His works continue to receive multiple awards such as the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize (2009), the Paul Hindemith Prize (2001), the Arnold Schoenberg Prize by the Vienna Arnold Schoenberg Centre and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2004) and both the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg’s composition award and the Berliner Philharmoniker Academy’s Claudio Abbado Composition Award (2006). Mr. Widmann’s compositions are performed regularly by conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, and Sir Simon Rattle and premiered by orchestras such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Philharmonic and many others.
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