Thorsten Johanns

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Premiere Philippe Manoury in May 2017

On May 7th, 2017 at 4pm Thorsten Johanns will perform the premiere of Philippe Manoury's Clarinet Concerto with the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Pablo Rus Broseta. The concert will [...] Read more

University Project: Steve Reich & Counterpoint

On the occasion of Steve Reich's 80th birthday, Thorsten Johanns presents a special university project on October 25th, 2016 at 7.30pm at the Fürstenhaus ballroom of the University of Music [...] Read more

Premiere "Aura"

In July 2014, Thorsten Johanns has premiered the clarinet concerto "Aura" by the composer Moritz Eggert, which is dedicated to him, together with the bayerische kammerphilharmonie [...] Read more


In October 2014 Thorsten Johanns was appointed professor for clarinet at the 'Musikhochschule Franz Liszt' in Weimar, Germany.
Before he started as principal clarinet with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany) at the age of 25, he has been substitute principal at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Essen, Germany.
From 2010-2014 Thorsten Johanns has been a professor for clarinet at the Academy of Music in Maastricht, Netherlands. 

Thorsten Johanns works continuously as a soloist and has performed with conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Eivind Aadland, Yutaka Sado, Howard Griffiths, Jonathan Stockhammer and Dan Ettinger.

As the first and only German clarinet player so far, Thorsten Johanns was repeatedly invited by chief conductor Alan Gilbert to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. For the same position he has been invited several times by the Super World Orchestra in Tokyo/Japan.

Among his chamber music fellows are besides world famous oboe player and conductor Heinz Holliger also the renowned 'Auryn-Quartett', 'Quartetto di Cremona', 'Minetti-Quartett' from Vienna, 'Aris-Quartett' and Ensemble Raro. 

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi invited him as a principal for many projects with the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg.
Thorsten Johanns has played as a principal in a number of important orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the German Radio Orchestra Berlin and the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt. 

In season 12/13 Thorsten Johanns was invited to play principal with the New York [...] Read more


Solo Concert with the Romanian Radio-Orchestra in Bucharest, Romania

Friday, 24th February 2017
Location: Bucharest
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Concert in Speyer

Sunday, 19th March 2017
Location: Speyer
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Brahms Quintet

Wednesday, 5th April 2017
Location: Heide
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Tuesday, 18th April 2017
Location: Linz
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