Jaan Bossier

Founding member of Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and Bossier Quartet.

Music rules the way I live. But also, I like to dive into the world of literature, the culinary world of spices, a chessboard with infinite possibilities, working with my hands, or a time spent in a human-free forest, with just a sleeping bag, a thick book, and enough water.
My greatest hobby, I transformed into my profession: playing the clarinet. As a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, I play a lot of chamber music. As a clarinetist at Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, I deal with new techniques, experiment, and discover new repertoires. In addition, with my music for the Jaan Bossier Quartet, I develop my own style.

As solo clarinetist he is a regular guest with a.o. the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.
As a soloist he has played with the Ensemble Modern and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra: concertos or works by Max Bruch, Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Nono, George Aperghis, Martin Matalon, Yann Robin, Enno Poppe, and Michel Van der Aa.

He has been invited for chamber music concerts and masterclasses to a.o. 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, also Rainer Honeck (concertmaster of the Wiener Philharmoniker) and the pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.

In December 2000 Jaan Bossier had his debut as a conductor with the Belgian ensemble fur contemporary and experimental music Champ d’Action. Since then he has conducted at the Festival Wien Modern, Ars Musica Brussel, deSingel Antwerpen, Concertgebouw Brugge and in 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 clarinet with Prof. Walter Boeykens and Piano with Prof. Robert Groslot at the Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium in Antwerpen.
A masterclass conducting he did with Jorma Panula and took private lessons with Pierre Boulez and Zsolt Nagy.

CD and DVD recordings with the Jaan Bossier Quartett, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern, Champ d’Action, the Ensemble 306, and Clarinetnews.

Jaan Bossier is Artist of Vandoren.


  • 🇩🇪 German 
  • 🇬🇧 English
  • 🇪🇸 Spanish (with a translator)


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