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Johnny Teyssier

French-American clarinetist JOHNNY TEYSSIER is the principal clarinet of the Danish National Symphony. He has previously held the principal clarinet position in the Malmö Symphony and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and has been guest principal with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

Johnny began playing clarinet at the age of eleven, studying with Dwayne Van Wyhe and Burt Hara, and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy as a student of Nathan Williams. At the age of seventeen, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Donald Montanaro, Pamela Frank and Ford Lallerstedt. In 2011, he completed an Artist Diploma at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.

As a soloist, he has appeared with the Danish National Symphony, the Malmö Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Hilton Head Symphony, and has played solo recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He is the winner of the Ico Ardán Award from the Irish Chamber Orchestra and a recipient of the Juventus Prize in Cambrai, France. An equally committed chamber musician, Johnny is a founding member of the Sixth Floor Trio, a chamber ensemble that explores diverse musical styles including Klezmer, bluegrass, rock and ancient music through original arrangements and improvisation. As a member of the trio, he is co-artistic director of GardenMusic, a new multi-genre music festival in Miami.