Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Jörg Widmann’s Complete Cycle of Five String Quartets

April 8, 2017
7:30 pm

This concert series will present a rare opportunity to be immersed in Jörg Widmann’s creative world as the artist serves as composer-in-residence at the Nasher for a series of three concerts. This performance will present Complete Cycle of Five String Quartets featuring the Minguet Quartett and soprano Claron McFadden.

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Each work in this cycle can stand on its own as a work of art, but Widmann envisioned all five to be played together, so this is a rare chance to hear the works as a group. An open discussion with Widmann will precede this performance.

Additional performances:

Friday, April 7, 7:30 pm: Jörg Widmann’s Solo Clarinet Recital

Sunday, April 9, 6:00 pm: North American Premiere of Song Cycle Das Heisse Herz

About Jörg Widmann:

Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. As clarinetist, Widmann studied with Gerd Starke in Munich and Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York. He performs regularly with leading world orchestras, such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra National de France, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Sylvain Cambreling, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi. Several clarinet concerti have been dedicated to and written for him, including Wolfgang Rihm’s Musik für Klarinette und Orchester (1999) and Aribert Reimann’s Cantus (2006). Widmann gave the world premiere of Mark Andre’s new Clarinet Concerto at the 2015 Donauerschinger Musiktage. Amongst his regular chamber music partners are renowned soloists and ensembles such as Sir András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Mitsuko Uchida, and the Hagen and Arcanto quartets. 

Widmann’s compositions are performed regularly by conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle, and premiered by orchestras such as the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and many others. Widmann has been Artist in Residence at leading orchestras and festivals such as Lucerne and Heidelberger Frühling, and has been featured in artist portraits at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Cologne’s Philharmonie and New York’s Carnegie Hall, where his music was featured for an entire season under the motto, “Making Music: Jörg Widmann.”