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.

  • Sep 18 2014

    Emil Jonason signs with BIS

    I am tremendously excited and very proud to announce this collaboration. Can’t wait!!!


    Swedish clarinet virtuoso Emil Jonason signs with BIS

    Swedish clarinet virtuoso Emil Jonason becomes the new clarinet star at the world famous record label BIS.

    He will literally be given the opportunity to make his Dream Record!
    A profile cd including his own commission, Christian Lindberg’s critically acclaimed Clarinet Concerto ”The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt”
    as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s monumental ”The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind”, for Klezmer clarinet and string quartet.
    Collaborating orchestra, ensemble and conductor will be Christian Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and The Vamlingbo String Quartet.
    With support from Anders Wall Foundations.

    Release date: fall of 2016.

  • 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):