This week sees Carolin Widmann resume her position as Artist-in-Residence at the Schwetzinger Festspiele in Germany. Performing in three concerts throughout the week, Carolin’s first concert will include a Madrigal programme where she will play Sciarrino’s Capriccios at the Speyer Cathedral (11 May). This will be broadcast live on SWR2. Carolin then gives a recital with her duo partner, Alexander Lonquich, with a programme that will include works by Mozart, Janáček, Webern and Beethoven (17 May at Schloss Schwetzingen), and finally a third recital with the soprano Salome Kamer, performing Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments (18 May at Schloss Schwetzingen).
Carolin’s busy 16/17 so far has included performing at the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and giving the world premiere of Michael Zev Gordon’s BBC-commissioned piece, Oramo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. Carolin also won an ICMA Award in the Concerto category 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, Carolin herself conducted the orchestra from the violin. It has received rave reviews, including being named as Musical Toronto’s “Alternative Album of the Year”, and receiving four and a half stars from AllMusic.