Carolin Widmann

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Carolin Widmann
Born 1976 (age 41–42)
Munich, Germany
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Violinist

Carolin Widmann (born 1976) is a German classical violinist. The sister of composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann, she is noted by critics as an exceptional violinist focused mainly on contemporary music.[1] She plays a violin made in 1782 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.


Born in Munich, Carolin Widmann was trained by Igor Ozim in Cologne, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno in London. As a soloist she has been conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, Sylvain Cambreling, Heinz Holliger, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has collaborated with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino and Rebecca Saunders, who have written several works especially for her.[2] Since October 2006 she has been Professor of Violin at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig.[3] In 2012 she undertook the organisation of the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Germany's oldest chamber music festival.

At the Salzburg Mozartwoche of 2009, Carolin Widmann performed chamber music by Boulez with her brother and pianist Hidéki Nagano.[4] She attracted attention with her collaboration in gefaltet, a "Choreographic concert" organised by Sasha Waltz und Mark Andre, with which the International Mozarteum Foundation opened their Mozartwoche of 2012.[5] A 2012 recording of Schuberts works for violin and piano with Alexander Lonquich received critical acclaim for opening a new perspective on vulnerable and fragile aspects of Schubert's music.[6] With her brother and pianist Dénes Várjon she played a trio concert at the Rheingau Musik Festival when he was artist in residence in 2014.[7]



  • 2006 Carolin Widmann: "Reflections" (Debut album)
  • 2008 Carolin Widmann / Dénes Várjon: Schumann – Violin Sonatas
  • 2009 Carolin Widmann / Simon Lepper: Phantasy of Spring – Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg
  • 2009 Carolin Widmann / Jörg Widmann / Nordic Symphony Orchestra / Anu Tali: Erkki-Sven Tüür, Strata
  • 2012 Alexander Lonquich / Carolin Widmann: Franz Schubert – Fantasie C-Dur / Rondo h-moll / Sonate A-Dur
  • 2012 Carolin Widmann / SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg / Eivind Gullberg Jensen: Wolfgang Rihm, Coll’Arco
  • 2013 Carolin Widmann / Frankfurt RSO-Pomarico: Morton Feldman – Violin and Orchestra (composed 1979)


  1. ^ NDR-Kulturjournal, 4 July 2011
  2. ^ Biography of her Homepage Archived April 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Biography on her agency's website
  4. ^ Salzburg Mozartwoche (1): Jörg and Carolin Widmann, Hidéki Nagano - works by Boulez, 31 January 2009 Mozartwoche 31 January 2009, retrieved 19 May 2015
  5. ^ Frauen in Flügeln in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 29 January 2012, p.22
  6. ^ Wolfram Goertz: So klingt verletzliche Musik / Carolin Widmann und Alexander Lonquich überwältigen mit Franz Schubert. (in German) Die Zeit 18 February 2012, retrieved 19 May 2015
  7. ^ Composer & Artist in Residence: Jörg Widmann Archived May 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) Rheingau Musik Festival 2014, retrieved 19 May 2015
  8. ^ Hauff, Andreas (2014). "Sonderkonzert "Auf Wiederhören" mit Verleihung des Schneider-Schott-Preises an Carolin Widmann". neue musikzeitung online (in German). Retrieved 10 July 2017. 

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