Thorsten Johanns

Artist photo of Thorsten Johanns - Clarinet

Thorsten Johanns is a clarinetist whose stylistic versatility and keen sense of musical communication have made him both highly regarded and in international demand as a soloist, orchestral member, chamber musician and teacher.

At the early age of 22, during his clarinet studies under Ralph Manno at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, he took his first position as deputy principal clarinetist with the Essener Philharmoniker. Three years later, he became the principal clarinetist in the WDR Symphony Orchestra, a position that he held until 2015, after which he continued to appear regularly with the orchestra as a guest.

To date, Thorsten Johanns remains the only German clarinetist to have been personally invited to New York on a number of occasions by principal conductor Alan Gilbert to play with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as principal clarinetist. Further guest engagements as principal clarinetist followed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Munic Philharmonics and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, among others.

As a soloist, Thorsten Johanns regularly performs with renowned orchestras and conductors. In the past, these have included Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the National Radio Orchestra of Romania.

In addition to prestigious string quartets (Aris, Auryn, Diogenes, Minetti), his chamber music partners include oboist and composer Heinz Holliger and pianist and composer Moritz Eggert. Thorsten Johanns is a member of the worldwide-performing Ensemble Raro and the Deutsche Bläsersolisten. He is also a member of the renowned ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin.

Thorsten Johanns has been a guest at numerous international festivals (Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lucerne, Tyrolean Festival Erl, SoNoRo in Bucharest, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival Academy Budapest Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, among others) and involved in several successful CD productions including an ECHO-Klassik award in 2008.

In 2014, Thorsten Johanns accepted the position of professor for clarinet at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. He also regularly gives master classes. Over the past few years, these have taken him to China, Australia, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

Photo: Guido Werner

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CDs released by GENUIN

with Thorsten Johanns

CD album cover 'Johannes Brahms' (GEN 20704) with Aris Quartett, Thorsten Johanns

Johannes Brahms

Streichquartett c-Moll, op. 51,1, Klarinettenquintett h-Moll, op. 115

Aris Quartett
Thorsten Johanns Clarinet

GEN 20704  –  2.10.2020