Born in Munich in 1973, the composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann received his first lessons in composition with Kay Westermann at the age of eleven and continued with Hans Werner Henze, Wilfried Hiller and Wolfgang Rihm. For his achievements in composition he has received several awards such as the Belmont Prize for contemporary music, the Ernst-von-Siemens Music Foundation Prize and the honorary award of the Munich Opern-Festspiele. He has been invited as composer in residence with among others the DSO Berlin, the 2004 Salzburg Festival and the Oxford Chamber Music Festival.
He studied clarinet at the Academy of Music in Munich with Gerd Strake and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Charles Neidich. As a performer he won first prizes at the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Competition in Munich and at the Competition of German Music Colleges in Berlin and other awards such as the Bavarian State Prize for Young Artists. Widmann has performed with renowned international and national orchestras. He is one of the founders of the Ensemble TrioLog, which aims to promote the music of the 20th and 21st century.
Since 1993 he has held master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London, at the conservatory in Odessa and at the Academy of Music in Lisbon. In 2001, Jörg Widmann was appointed professor of clarinet at the State Academy of Music in Freiburg. (Status 2006, Source: Jörg Widmann)