Emil Jonason (b. 1983) is one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. He was nominated for European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Star recital series after his performance of John Corigliano’s clarinet concerto together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He was later invited to Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Cité de la Musique Paris among others.
Emil became known to the world when he performed at the 2012 year’s Nobel Prize Ceremony, together with the RSPO. In the fall of 2013, Emil received outstanding reviews from the world premiere of Christian Lindberg’s clarinet concerto, as well as for his U.S. debut with Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto at the legendary Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, USA.
  • Feb 23 2014

    Outstandingly standing!

    After performing their final concert in Söderhamn, Sweden, at the recent tour with Beautiful Insanities, we received a sensational and strange review:

    ”Their [Csàrdàs] was played with a completely sensational and equilibristic drive.”


    ”Everything was performed with a fabulous bravura.”

    And also on in the text:

    ”Jonason played the entire recital programme by heart. Outstanding. Also, he played standing up!”

    Perhaps he thought that the clarinet is incredibly more dense than what it appears to be, thus making it really heavy. Even the text next to the photo mentions the impressive standing-up-business!

    Read the review here (in Swedish):

  • Dec 04 2013

    Even more fantastic reviews from Cabrillo performances…

    I am very happy too see more reviews coming in from the Magnus Lindberg performances from August. This time from the esteemed Amercian Record Guide, November/December 2013 issue:

    ”Emil Jonason put on an indelible new stamp on Magnus Lindberg’s fabulous concerto of 2002, coaxing parts of it to sound like Debussy, and contributing a stupendous cadenza…

    …blast of cheers and whistles evolved into rhythmic clapping for curtain call after curtain call.”