“…Brings out the expressive character of every phrase…exceptional leggiero playing…beautifully paced…style and spirit…” – Gramophone Magazine

Jean Johnson


British-American Clarinettist Jean Johnson’s musical route went from the Universities of Massachusetts and Indiana, where she studied, to Singapore Symphony Orchestra, where she was clarinettist, to Scotland, where she now lives. Praised for her exceptionally beautiful playing, she performs as a soloist as well as a chamber musician and she has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall New York, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Esplanade Singapore.

As a soloist, Johnson has been featured with the Singapore Symphony, the Wuhan Symphony (China), and in Scotland performing concertos by Mozart, Weber, and John McLeod among others. As a guest Principal she has worked with the Bergen Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Camerata Ireland among many others.
She forms a duo with the renowned pianist Steven Osborne and is a member of the critically acclaimed trio ensemble ”Metamorphoses”. As a chamber musician she performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center NYC, International Chamber Music Series Southbank Centre London, Spannungen in Heimbach, Bath Music Festival, Hindsgavl Festival Denmark, Schwetzingen, Prussia Cove, St. Magnus Festival among many others. She has collaborated with groups including Hebrides Ensemble, Heath Quartet, Edinburgh Quartet, T’ang Quartet, and the Barony Ensemble.

Jean has made a recording of both Brahms and Rózsa Sonatas on the Avie label with Steven Osborne. According to the New York Times, “a fine recording by the poised clarinetist Jean Johnson. Beautiful renditions of Brahms’s Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 round out this lovely album.“

Jean also forms a duo with pianist Danny Driver. Do enquire for more information about programmes and availability.

Read more about Jean on her website www.jean-johnson.com

  • Jean Johnson at Wigmore Hall

    Jean Johnson will perform at Wigmore Hall on the 12th March 2021, to celebrate Steven Osborne’s 50th birthday!
    This concert will be live streamed on this website in HD and will be available on demand for 30 days after the date of the concert.
    For more information, visit Wigmore Hall’s website: https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/steven-osborne-50th-birthday-concert-202103121930

  • Jean Johnson and Steven Osborne in In Tune

    Jean Johnson and Steven Osborne were guests at BBC’s In Tune. To hear them scroll to 1:26 in the programme: http://ow.ly/fsqF50zX5lL
    Beautiful live recording! You can hear Steven in Ravel’s piano concerto, just before the interview.

  • 11-09-2019

    On the 16th September 2019 Jean will record an album as guest principal clarinettist with the RSNO

  • Concerts Jean Johnson

    Upcoming concerts for Jean Johnson are:
    22-9-2019 Lammermuire Festival (Messian Quartet)
    28-9-2019 Linlithgow Arts Guild (with Steven Osborne)
    12-10-2019 Balerno Music Festival Gala Concert
    13-10-2019 Haddington, recital with Steven Osborne.

  • Jean Johnson sold out recital SJSS London

    Jean Johnson performed for a sold out SJSS in London in November with Steven Osborne, Alban Gerhardt and James Ehnes. The press gave 5 star reviews:

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“…fine recording by the poised clarinettist Jean Johnson. Beautiful renditions of Brahms’s Clarinet Sonatas round out this lovely album…” NEW YORK TIMES

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