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Thorsten Johanns

Thorsten Johanns

Thorsten Johanns is from Germany. He started playing the clarinet aged 8 and later chose the saxophone as his second instrument. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a pupil of Ralph Manno. Currently Johanns is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, having held the same possession earlier at the Maastricht Academy of Music. When he was 25 Johanns was appointed principal clarinettist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. He also makes regular appearances as soloist with various orchestras. Conductor Alan Gilbert has on many occasions invited him to play principal clarinet parts with the New York Philharmonic. Johanns has also frequently been a guest of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi in Hamburg, and has been leader of the clarinet section with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Modern. In chamber music he has collaborated with such notable musicians as the oboist Heinz Holliger, the Auryn, Cremona, Minetti and Aris Quartets, and Ensemble Raro.

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4. Petola Visitor Centre 21.15

Kaija Saariaho (1952):

Duft for solo clarinet (2011)


15. Kontio School 14.00

Ottorino Respighi (1879—1936):

La Boutique fantasque (The Fantastic Toy Shop), P. 120a (based on the Ballet P. 120 after Rossini) (1918; arr. Howard Carr)


17. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.00

Jean Sibelius (1865—1957):

Scene with Cranes of the Play “Death” by Arvid Järnefelt, Op. 44/2


31. Kontio School 16.00

Gustav Mahler (1860—1911):

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1883-85; arr. Arnold Schönberg)


33. Kuhmo Arts Centre 20.15

Bohuslav Martinů (1890—1959):

La revue de cuisine (The Kitchen Review), H 161 for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and piano (1927)


40. Kontio School 14.00

Franz Schubert (1797—1828):

Octet in F, D. 803 for clarinet, bassoon, French horn and string quintet (1824)


46. Kontio School 16.00

Joseph Holbrooke (1878—1958):

Nocturne, Op. 57/1 “Fairyland” (1912)