Portrayed as ”The Yngwie Malmsteen of the clarinet” by the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Emil Jonason (b. 1983) is one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. He has developed a highly characteristic and charismatic playing which has led to invitations from across the globe.

Emil was nominated for European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Starrecital series after his performance of John Corigliano’s clarinet concerto together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and was invited to perform at Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Brussels BOZAR and many more.

In the fall of 2013 he made his US debut at the legendary Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, performing Magnus Lindberg’s tremendous clarinet concerto. ”A performance completely owned by Jonason” according to San Fransisco Classical voice.

  • Mar 11 2015

    Another Awesome Review

    Excerpts from Emil’s performance of Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto with Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra (thank you Riika Repo for help with the translation!):


    ”The young Swedish clarinetist had the aura of a Rock Star, and produced every note musically and clearly with the speed of lightning bolt…

    …after massive rounds of applause, Jonason returned to the podium for an encore, where he performed Tom Waits stomping with his foot and playing flowing melody lines…
    …the reviewer could not believe his ears, and was left utterly amazed…
    …Bravo! Da Capo!”
    - Jemo Kettunen, Keskisuomalainen
  • Feb 25 2015

    FANTASTIC review from German Premiere of Mr Grönstedt!

    ”Undeniable highlight…

    …true musicality and ingenuity…

    …Emil Jonason was a a wizard who used is instrument away from the classical world like a silver bullet…”

    The entire review (in German):
    Thank you Weimar Staatskapelle, Stefan Solyom and everyone involved!!