Claude Debussy
Première Rapsodie for clarinet and orchestra

Not everything can be explained. Claude Debussy is on the programme, exclusively, and at the beginning Dirk Altmann, the solo clarinettist of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, plays the “Première Rapsodie” – so much for the factual. But how he manages to make the music just start, imperceptibly, out of nothing, how he breathes life into these dreamlike cantilenas, that remains his secret.

Neue Züricher Zeitung NZZ 23.01.2015


Dirk Altmann, clarinet
Radio-Sinfonieorchester des SWR
Heinz Holliger, conductor

Claude Debussy: Orchestral works
released: 2014
Dirk Altmann, clarinet
Radio-Sinfonieorchester des SWR
Heinz Holliger, conductor
recording: 15.06.2012 Stadthalle Sindelfingen
Recording master: Andreas Priemer
Sound engineer: Wilfried Wenzel
Cutting: Irmgard Bauer
Instrument: JOSEF MK 11

Dirk Altmann, clarinet and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Heinz Holliger Live from Ferrara Musica 1999

Aoyama music award

2024/ March 02.

Barocksaal Kyoto, Japan

My pianist Prof. Mako Okamoto and I received the Aoyama Music Award for our concert with the programme "Traumgekrönt" on 18 March 2023. The award ceremony will also take place on 2 March 2024 in the Kyoto Baroque Hall.
Many thanks to Laura-Erika Nakamura from Josef Woodwind Manufacture, who took great care of the concert organisation.
The Aoyama Music Award is a prestigious Japanese music prize that is awarded once a year. The winners are honoured for their achievements and their potential for the further development of music.
The prize is endowed with JPY 2,000,000.

September/29 Concert Chișinău

Weber clarinet concerto no. 1

2023/ September 29. 18:00 Palatul Republicii Chișinău, Moldova
At the end of September, I will hand over an oboe as a donation from the SWR Symphony Orchestra to the Philharmonic Orchestra in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. As a musical greeting, I will perform the Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor by C. M. von Weber with the orchestra at its season opening.

Mountain City Summer 2023

Festival Bergstadtsommer

2023/ September 02. - 09.
Sankt Georgen im Schwarzwald

This year, my long-time chamber music partner Gen Yokosaka (cello) is expected at the Bergstadt Summer. In addition to works by Elgar and Dvorak at the orchestra concert, we will play some of my arrangements of Johann Strauss, Leos Weiner and Kurt Weil at the opening concert. We have invited Susanne Zagar-Swiridoff as a current composer.

Traumgekrönt in Kyoto

Recital with Mako Okamoto, Piano

2023/ March 18. 17:00 Barocksaal Kyoto, Japan
My romance journey begins in the nice Barocksaal in Kyoto

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2023

Figaro with Kyogen Theater

10.03. Osaka12.03. Tokyo


With my Swiss wind colleagues, the KlangArt Ensemble, we are part of a performance of “La nozze de figaro”, which includes four different Japanese and German art forms.