Clarinetist Jörg Widmann Awarded 2021 Würth Prize

Awarded annually since 1991, the prize comes with a 15,000 Euro endowment

(Photo credit: Marco Borggreve)


Clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann was awarded this year’s Würth Prize from Germany's Jeunesses Musicales. The award will be presented on September 7, in Künzelsau, Germany.

“He draws energy, joy, love, and creative drive from an apparently inexhaustible inner source, with which he inspires his audience and many young musicians," the Würth Foundation stated in the announcement.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Widmann studied there with Charles Neidich and Gerd Starke in Munich. He was named Carnegie Hall’s 2019/20 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer Chair and currently serves as artist in residence at WDR Sinfonieorchester and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

On clarinet, he has performed with orchestras such as the New World Symphony Orchestra and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

As a conductor, he performs this season with the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg — and as Visiting Composer with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France.