Johnny Tessyier

French-American clarinetist Johnny Teyssier is a recent winner of the Juventus Prize, an award given by the Juventus organization to identify the most talented young soloists inEurope; he is only the third clarinetist on the Juventus roster since the organization’s inception in 1991. He was also recently awarded the Ico Ardán Award, given by the Irish Chamber Orchestra to recognize young emerging international soloists. An equally committed orchestral player, Johnny is the principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Opera orchestra. He has also played as a guest with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Malmö Symphony. 

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 theUnited StatesandEuropein venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, La Mortella inIschia, 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. 

An avid chamber musician, Johnny is a founding member of the Sixth Floor Trio. He has also performed alongside such artists as Ida Kavafian, Anthony Marwood, Christopher O'Riley, eighth blackbird, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and members of the Peabody Trio. His performances have appeared regularly on American Pubic Media’s nationally broadcast Performance Today, as well as the BBC Radio 3 andIreland's RTÉ Lyric. 

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 Van Wyhe and Burt Hara. He attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, working with 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 in Los Angeles, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.