Clarinet player Thorsten Johanns, born and grown up in Krefeld, is well established as orchestra and chamber musician in Germany. He started to play clarinet at the age of 8 and later on also the saxophone.
As a member of several ensembles (Quintetto Amadeo, opera senza, Zephyr, Saxemble) Thorsten is performing at numerous festivals in Germany and abroad as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lucerne, Musik-Triennale Cologne, Tirol Festival among others.
Since 1998 he has been assistant principal at the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, four years later he has switched to his current position as principal clarinet at the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.
Among his chamber music partners are the “Quartetto di Cremona” and the Amaryllis, Auryn and Minetti Quartets.
Thorsten Johanns has played in a number of important orchestras like the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic, the NDR-Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the German Radio Orchestra and the Ensemble Modern. As a soloist he performed under conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Neville Marriner, Eivind Aadland and Yutaka Sado.
Since September 2010 Thorsten Johanns is a professor of clarinet at the Academy of Music in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He has also been giving masterclasses in the USA (New England Conservatory Boston) and in China (Peking & Shenyang).