Jaan Bossier is clarinetist in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt and bass clarinetist in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He is also founder and leader of the Jaan Bossier Quartet, for which he writes and arranges all music.
From 2009 until 2015 he has been a teacher for clarinet, bass clarinet and contemporary music at the Musikhochschule Bremen. Since 2014 he is a teacher at the IEMA (International Ensemble Modern Academy) at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt-am-Main.
As solo clarinetist he has been a regular guest with a.o. the Royal Concertgebouworchestra Amsterdam.
As a soloist he has played concertos by Iannis Xenakis, Georges Aperghis, Martin Matalon, Yannick Robin, Enno Poppe and Michel Van der Aa with the Ensemble Modern and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He got invited for various chamber music concerts and masterclasses at f.e. the Schleswig Holstein Festival (Germany), the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), the International Music Festival Vitoria (Spain) and the Korsholm Music Festival Vaasa (Finland). Chamber music partners are the soloists of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the colleagues of the Ensemble Modern, members of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Rainer Honeck (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.
In december 2000 Jaan Bossier had his debut as a conductor with the Belgian ensemble for contemporary and experimental music Champ d’Action. Since then, he conducted in the Festival Wien Modern, Ars Musica Brussels, deSingel Antwerp, Concertgebouw Brugge and the Museum Reina Sophia in Madrid. From 2010 until 2013 he has been the conductor of Ensemble 306, an ensemble for contemporary music in Eindhoven.
Jaan Bossier studied the clarinet with Prof. Walter Boeykens and the piano with Prof. Robert Groslot at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp. A masterclass conducting he took with Jorma Panula, as well as private lessons with Pierre Boulez and Zsolt Nagy.
CD-and DVD-recordings with the Jaan Bossier Quartet, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern, Champ d’Action, the Ensemble 306 and Clarinetnews.
Photo credit : Andreas Etter