Johnny Teyssier

Clarinet

Biography

French-American clarinetist Johnny Teyssier is laureate of the Juventus organization, which recognizes the most talented young soloists in Europe; he is the third clarinetist to join the Juventus roster since the organization’s inception in 1991. He is also winner of the Ico Ardán Award, given by the Irish Chamber Orchestra to young emerging international soloists. His performances have appeared regularly on American Pubic Media’s nationally broadcast Performance Today, as well as the BBC Radio 3 and Ireland’s RTÉ Lyric.

Johnny has appeared as soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra. He has performed recitals throughout the United States and Europe in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, La Mortella in Ischia, Italy and the American Academy in Berlin. He was a featured artist at the 2007 MBNA Shannon International Music Festival in Limerick, Ireland, and has also attended the Music from Angel Fire Festival, the Juventus Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the International Young Artist Music Festival in Hilton Head, NC.

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. Apart from traditional concerts in such venues as the Kravis Center, World Cafe Live, and the Living Room, the trio is spearheading a variety of cutting-edge musical projects. In partnership with the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the trio is creating GardenMusic, a new chamber music festival in Miami. Additionally, the trio received a grant in 2011 from the Knight Foundation to be the resident ensemble for the Random Acts of Culture project. The trio is dedicated to community outreach, and regularly brings their love of music into classrooms around the country.

An equally committed orchestral player, Johnny was recently appointed principal clarinet of the Malmö Symphony in Sweden, and he currently serves as principal clarinet in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. He has also played as a guest principal clarinet with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and has performed with the Colburn Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony, and Symphony in C.

Born in 1987, Johnny was raised in a French family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He started the clarinet at the age of ten, studying with Dwayne VanWyhe and Burt Hara. He attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan as a student of Nathan Williams. At the age of 17, he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro, Pamela Frank and Ford Lallerstedt. In 2011, he received an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.