Carolin Widmann

A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissionsspecially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, play/direction performances from the violin.

Widmann was awarded the Bayerischer Staatspreis for music in 2017, honouring her individuality and exceptional musicianship. Widmann was also the recipient of an International Classical Music Award for her critically acclaimed recording of both Mendelssohn’s and Schumann’s Violin Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra ofEurope, released in August 2016 by ECM and which Widmann herself conducted from the violin.

Named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Widmann has enjoyed collaborations with some of the world’s leading orchestras and distinguished conductors. She has also appeared at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d' Automne, Ravinia Festival and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Highlights of Widmann’s 2018-19 season include invitations to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, RSB Orchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, BBC ScottishSymphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. She will also perform the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto No 2 with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and will perform the work in Europe with Orchestre de Paris and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

A prolific chamber musician, Carolin appears regulary at the leading concert halls. This season she will embark on major recital tours of North and South America, Italy and she will return to the Wiener Konzerthaus to perform an all Beethoven recital as part of their Beethoven celebrations.

Widmann has a special interest in connecting with other art forms; she has performed in choreographed concerts by dancer Sasha Waltz, played a solo recital in a football stadium in Frankfurt at a project curated by architect Daniel Libeskind, and has designed concert programmes to be performed at museums such as the Museum Ludwig Cologne and the Museum of Modern Art MMK in Frankfurt. In March 2019, she will be part of a project by performance artist Marina Abramović.

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. Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre ‘Felix MendelssohnBartholdy’.

Carolin Widmann plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1782.

Carolin Widmann beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

‘…expression of feeling…’

  • Carolin Widmann violin
  • Lorelei Dowling contraforte
  • Kammerorchester Basel
  • Sylvain Cambreling conductor
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Georg Friedrich Haas
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«






8:00 pm

Late Mozart, brand-new Poppe

  • Carolin Widmann violin
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Enno Poppe conductor (violin concerto)
Works by Joseph Haydn, Enno Poppe and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oper Bonn






8:00 pm

Ludwig van and Enno Poppe

  • Carolin Widmann violin
  • NDR Elb­philharmonie Orchester
  • Alan Gilbert Conductor
Works by Enno Poppe and Ludwig van Beethoven
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«