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About the program

First of all, I have to tell you that I have always loved Budapest, not only as a city, but as a musical city as well. I have always had the feeling here that people listen differently. Music means something. After concerts when I talk to people in Hungary I feel this seriousness. I see a long tradition and a loving for culture and music in their eyes. For them it is still sacred.” Said Jörg Widmann recently. The Festival Orchestra is now dedicating an entire concert to his works.

Widmann studied at the Music Academy in his home town, Munich, and later at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. From eleven years of age he studied composition as well under the tutelage of Hans Werner Henze, Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm, among others. He is one of the most sought-after clarinet performers of our time, and in addition to his classical repertoire he is also one of the most knowledgeable interpreters of new music. Many significant contemporary pieces have been dedicated to him. He teaches clarinet at the Freiburg Academy of Music, and since 2009 he has also been a professor of composition there.

His oeuvre incorporates wildly varying genres, from solo instrumental works through string quartets, works for chamber and symphony orchestras to pieces for musical theatre. Of his stage works, ‘The Face in the Mirror’ was voted the best opera of the 2003-2004 season by the prestigious journal Opernwelt. His latest opera, Babylon, was composed at the request of the Bavarian State Opera.

The Festival Orchestra has performed just one of his works so far, the Dubairische Tänze (Dances of Dubai). During his Budapest concert this musical great will star as composer, soloist and even conductor.


3 000 HUF


Jörg Widmann: Liebeslied (love song) for Eight Instruments
Jörg Widmann: Fantasy for Solo Clarinet
Jörg Widmann: Freie Stücke (Free Pieces)
Jörg Widmann: Air für Horn solo (Aria for Solo Horn)
Jörg Widmann: Quintet
Jörg Widmann: Dubairische Tänze (Dances of Dubai)


Jörg Widman


Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Szőke Zoltán, horn