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Emil Jonason

Sun 8.11 | Clarinet Concerto

Emil Jonason, clarinet

Born in 1983, clarinet virtuoso Emil Jonason was nominated by the Stockholm Concert Hall for the European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Star recital series in 2009-10, and in 2012 he was invited to perform as soloist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

Among his awards are first prize in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition, the Solofoni Prize awarded by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the 21st century piece prize in Lions Europe’s Musical Soloist Interpretation Prize awarded in Rome.

In 2008 Jonason made his concert debut with a highly acclaimed Stockholm premiere of John Corigliano’s clarinet concerto, and in 2012 his performances of Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received stunning reviews from leading Swedish press. He makes his U.S. premiere at the Cabrillo Festival’s Grand Finale performances on August 11, 2013 reprising the Lindberg clarinet concerto.

Jonason is also an accomplished chamber musician performing throughout Scandinavia, Europe, South America and Japan with different ensembles. In 2008 he toured China with the Stockholm Chamber Trio, and was chosen to represent Sweden in EBU New Talent the same year.  Jonason has always been drawn to the wild, insistent rhythms and sounds of Klezmer and Balkan music and he has toured the world-music scene in Sweden and abroad with different groups, such as AksakOrkestar and Stockholm Klezmer Quintet. As well, Jonason finds the music and tales of Tom Waits a infinite source of inspiration.

Jonason received his education at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he garnered all the prestigious scholarships possible from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

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Photo by: Andreas Sander