Carolin Widmann

Carolin Widmann, violin (Berlin, Germany), regularly performs the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including playing and directing from the violin. Carolin was awarded the Bayerischer Staatspreis for music in 2017, honoring her individuality and exceptional musicianship. She 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 of Europe, released in August 2016 by ECM and which Carolin herself conducted from the violin. Highlights of Carolin’s most recent concert season include debut performances with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for her New York concerto debut. Named “Musician of the Year” at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Carolin has played with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, 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, Marek Janowski, and Pablo Heras-Casado. She also appears at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d’ Automne, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Since 2006, Carolin has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”.