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Carolin Widmann

A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin.

The 2016/17 gets off to an exciting start with the release of Ms Widmann’s latest recording for ECM Records: Mendelssohn and Schumann concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Other season highlights include débuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra (Mendelssohn), Orquestra Sinfonia do Estado de São Paulo, Hallé Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony (Anderson) as well as Nuremberg Philharmonic (Ligeti). Furthermore, Carolin Widmann will play the première of a new violin concerto by Michael Zev Gordon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.

The 2015/16 season began with Ms Widmann’s return to the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi with the Alban Berg concerto, with which she has a particular affinity, with concerts in London, Berlin and Prague. Mo von Dohnányi invited Ms Widmann to make her Australian début with Sydney Symphony, again playing Berg. Other season highlights included concerts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Munich and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, Beethoven Triple Concerto with Hamburg Philharmonic, a solo recital at Wigmore Hall and at Teodor Currentzis’s Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Russia.

2014/15 included the world premiere of a new violin concerto written for her by Julian Anderson, commissioned by Seattle Symphony, London Philharmonic and Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and very warmly received; her Ravinia Festival début, a newly-commissioned solo piece by Pascal Dusapin, and her Royal Stockholm Philharmonic début with the Anders Hillborg concerto under Sakari Oramo. She was Artist in Residence at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, including play/directing on gut strings with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

A regular visitor to London’s Wigmore Hall, Ms Widmann enjoys highly-praised duo partnerships with pianists Alexander Lonquich and Dénes Várjon, with whom she records for ECM Records. Her discs of Schubert and Schumann sonatas received critical acclaim including the “Diapason d'Or” and the German Record Critics' Award. In 2006, Carolin Widmann's debut CD, “Reflections I,” was named “Critics' Choice of the Year” by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Her recording of Morton Feldman’s concerto “Violin and Orchestra” with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomárico was released in 2013.

Named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Ms Widmann has played with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski, and Pablo Heras-Casado. She also appears at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d' Automne and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Carolin Widmann was born in Munich and studied with Igor Ozim in Cologne, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”.

Carolin Widmann plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1782.