Late Night

Late Night with Jörg Widmann: The Expressive Worlds of the Clarinet

Jörg Widmann (photo: Stefan Höderath)

The clarinet is Jörg Widmann’s special instrument. At this Late Night, our Composer in Residence will display its expressive flexibility – through his Three Shadow Dances, which amount to a microcosm of the instrument’s possibilities, and through the 2nd Movement from Mendelssohn’s Clarinet Sonata. Widmann’s performance partner is pianist Annika Treutler. The Free Pieces, atmospherically concentrated ensemble miniatures, will show off a further exciting facet of Widmann’s sound world.

Jörg Widmann conductor and clarinet

Annika Treutler piano

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Jörg Widmann

Three Shadow Dances for solo clarinet

Felix Mendelssohn

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major: 2nd Movement Andante

Annika Treutler piano

Jörg Widmann

Free Pieces for ensemble

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Jörg Widmann

In addition to his work as a creator, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s  Composer in Residence for this season is a clarinettist and a conductor. He studied composition with Hans Werner Henze and Wolfgang Rihm, and the clarinet with Gerd Starke in Munich and Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York, among others, as well as. In addition to stage works, he writes chamber music, ensemble and orchestral works with and without solo instruments. He performs regularly as a chamber musician and as a soloist and guest conductor with leading international orchestras. Jörg Widmann was professor of clarinet and composition at the Freiburg University of Music for many years, until moving to the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin in 2017.

Sarah Aristidou

Sarah Aristidou studied musicology at the Sorbonne and voice at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding. After her first engagement at the opera house of Nantes, the French-Cypriot singer began her career as a member of the International Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, which led her to opera houses in Copenhagen, Munich and Dresden, among others. Her roles include Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Ismene (Mitridate, Re di Ponto) and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos). Her exceptional vocal agility and affinity for new music have inspired composers such as Aribert Reimann and Jörg Widmann to write works for her.

Annika Treutler

Annika Treutler studied with Matthias Kirschnereit in Rostock and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover. As a soloist, she regularly works with such orchestras as the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. As a chamber musician, she performs with leading artists like Daniel Müller-Schott, Kit Armstrong and Shirley Brill, and has appeared as a soloist at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Wigmore Hall London and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Annika Treutler is the initiator and artistic director of the "#respondinmusic" project, and has taught at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin since 2018.

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