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.
A hugely versatile musician, Ms Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances including play/direction from the violin.
Ms Widmann has played with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Santa Cecilia, 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, Emmanuel Krivine, Jonathan Nott, Ingo Metzmacher and Pablo Heras-Casado.
The 2014/15 season sees the world premiere of a new violin concerto written for her by Julian Anderson, commissioned by Seattle Symphony, London Philharmonic and Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin as well as her Royal Stockholm Philharmonic début with the Anders Hillborg concerto. She is honoured to be Artist in Residence at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and will continue her partnership with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, play/directing on gut strings.
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. Their releases of Schubert and Schumann sonatas received critical acclaim at home and abroad, including the “Diapason d'Or” and the German Record Critics' Award. In 2006, Carolin Widmann's debut CD, “Reflections I,” was named “Critics' Choice” by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Her new recording of the Morton Feldman’s concerto “Violin and Orchestra” with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomárico was released to great acclaim in 2013. Ms Widmann has a new duo partnership with Nicolas Hodges specialising in contemporary music programmes.
Voted ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, Ms Widmann is a keen chamber musician and Artistic Director of Germany’s oldest chamber music festival, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker. She regularly appears as a guest artist at such widely known festivals as Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne, Heimbach, Jerusalem and the Festival d' Automne in Paris.
Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”.
Carolin Widmann plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1782.
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