Woodwind Adjudicator - Category Final
One of the few clarinettists to have established a busy international career as a soloist, Emma Johnson has performed across Europe, the USA and the Far East, as well as in Africa and Australia. In Britain she has achieved great popularity, regularly playing to sold-out concert halls as well as appearing at the top of the classical CD charts. Her new release of the Brahms Sonatas will be out in Spring 2012.
Emma grew up in London and began to study the clarinet at the age of nine. In 1984 she won the BBC Young Musician competition and was a medal winner in the European Young Musician Competition televised throughout Europe. In 1991 she was a winner of the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York. She studied Music and English at Cambridge University and was recently the first woman to be awarded an honorary fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Emma has given masterclasses all over the world and was for a period a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music. Emma was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 1996.
Emma Johnson has appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras including London Symphony, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Salzburg Camerata and Netherlands Philharmonic in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall and Kennedy Centre. Her repertoire includes over forty different concertos, some of which were written especially for her by composers such as John Dankworth, Michael Berkeley and Jonathan Dove.
A new development in Emma’s career has seen her being invited to direct orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Mozart Players from the clarinet. She is also in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician and she has presented various feature programmes about music for BBC radio. Sky Arts Television recently made a film about Emma as part of their series "Music Room".
Emma's CDs featuring English music have been nominated for Gramophone awards and been voted record of the year in BBC Music Magazine.