American born clarinettist Jean Johnson is a keen chamber player, she has performed with music partners all over the world in some of the finest halls like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Bozar in Brussels. One of her music partners for coming season is Steven Osborne.


Jean Johnson




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

American clarinettist Jean Johnson is an international collaborator in chamber music programmes and as such has played in some of world’s finest venues notably the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts, and Esplanade Singapore. As a soloist, Jean has been featured with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China), and in Scotland she was soloist in concertos by Mozart, Weber, and John McLeod among others. As part of her varied music life Jean regularly gives concerts around the UK performing in recitals with her husband, pianist Steven Osborne, and is a member of two critically acclaimed ensembles, the trio “Metamorphoses” and the ensemble “Daniel’s Beard”. Notable chamber music festivals include Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center NYC, Spannungen in Heimbach, Bath Music Festival, Hindsgavl Festival Denmark, Schwetzingen, Prussia Cove, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 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. Forthcoming events include recitals around the UK, Netherlands, America, and further afield.

Jean Johnson was a student of Michael Sussman at the University of Massachusetts. She attended Indiana University as an Associate Instructor in Clarinet, studying with Eli Eban and Alfred Prinz. As a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival she studied with Theodore Oien. Jean began her career with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the posts of Associate and Acting Principal. As a guest Principal she has worked with the Bergen Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Camerata Ireland among many others.  Jean has just released a recording of both Brahms and Rozsa Sonatas on the Avie label with Steven Osborne.  According to the New York Times, “a fine recording by the poised clarinettist Jean Johnson. Beautiful renditions of Brahms’s Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 round out this lovely album.“