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 31 2015

    Grönstedt a huge success in Belfast!

    Yet another wonderful review has come in, this time from The Telegraph:

    ”…an extraordinary performance by the star clarinettist Emil Jonason..”

    ”…the performance by virtuoso Jonason was outstanding, with superb backing from the orchestra…”

    ”…one of the most memorable solo performances of the season.”

    - Alf McCreary, The Telegraph

    Read it all here

  • 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