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Jaan Bossier



What is the best thing about being a musician? For me, the stage is the right place to share my feelings with friends, colleagues and the public; feelings that I can only express through my musicianship and which I could not put into words or express better in any other way.

The most inspiring composer: I don’t think of any one composer as “most inspiring”, but I find several composers interesting, all for different personal reasons. The ones I feel closest to might be Haydn, Schubert or Shostakovich.

How do you spend your free time? Experimenting in the kitchen, reading, playing chess, listening to the music of the forest…

What’s the last book you read? Skandal: Kunst! A book that explains the political, social or artistic reasons for which specific pieces of art created a scandal at the time of their creation.

What CDs would you want with you on a desert island? Offstage I enjoy silence. If I play any CD, it will probably be one of Giora Feidman’s.


Jaan Bossier finished his studies in clarinet and piano in Antwerp, in 1996. He is a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the bass clarinetist in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He also became a member of the Ensemble Modern in 2015. He is clarinetist and leader of PORT KLEZMER, a formation in which he explores his passion for klezmer.

Jaan is regularly invited as principal clarinetist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and has played with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestra Mozart Bologna, Orchester des Staatstheaters Darmstadt, Orchester des Staatstheaters Mainz, St. Petersburg Camerata, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Brabants Orkest, as well as with several Belgian orchestras. In May 2013, he appeared as a soloist with the Ensemble Modern, and in September 2000 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Jaan has performed chamber music with musicians like Rainer Honeck (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic), soloists of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, and also with the members of the Ensemble Modern and pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Christoph Berner.

In December 2000, Jaan made his conducting debut with the Belgian ensemble for new and experimental music Champ d’Action. He has since led the group in a variety of venues including Wien Modern, Ars Musica Brussels, deSingel Antwerp, the Concertgebouw Brugge, and the Museum Reina Sophia in Madrid. He has participated in conducting masterclasses with Jorma Panula and has taken private lessons from Pierre Boulez and Zsolt Nagy. Jaan was also the co-founder and conductor of Ensemble 306, an Eindhoven based group that specializes in contemporary music.

Jaan has been teaching at the annual Northern German Clarinet Conference since 2006 and has given several masterclasses in Spain, Venezuela and Germany. He has also been a lecturer in the Bremen Music Conservatory’s Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and New Music departments since 2009, and at the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund since 2010. Since 2015, Jaan has taught at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt as part of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA).

His work can be heard on numerous CDs and DVDs as part of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Champ d’Action, Ensemble 306, and Clarinetnews.

Jaan Boosier is an Artist of Vandoren.