Fellow composers and clarinetists Jörg Widmann and Kinan Azmeh will lead audiences on a musical journey of discovery through three centuries, in a program that will include works from three continents by Mozart, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Solhi al-Wadi, and Kareem Roustom, as well as Widmann and Azmeh.
Kareem Roustom‘s A Muffled Scream for solo clarinet and electronics will be receiving its European premiere.
Born in Damascus in 1976 and based in New York, Kinan Azmeh has appeared as a soloist, composer, and improvisor at many of the world’s leading concert halls. His compositions include solo, chamber, and orchestral works, in addition to music for film and electronics. He has worked with a variety of international ensembles, including the Trio Hewar and the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, with both of which he is heard at the Pierre Boulez Saal this season, as well as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He is a former member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Jörg Widmann, born in Munich in 1973, is among the most prominent German composers of the younger generation. He has written a wide range of chamber, symphonic, and stage works, and has appeared around the world as a clarinetist and recently also as a conductor. His Viola Concerto premiered in October 2015 at the Paris Philharmonie. He is a frequent collaborator of Daniel Barenboim.
Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. As clarinetist, Widmann studied with Gerd Starke in Munich and Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School in New York. He performs regularly with leading world orchestras, such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra National de France, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Sylvain Cambreling, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi.