Clarinetist Erik Jönsson lives in Brooklyn, NY. An active artist all across New York City, Erik has appeared with The Chelsea Symphony, New York Repertory Orchestra, One World Symphony, and Jackson Heights Orchestra, among others. A versatile musician whose passions span further than symphonic repertoire alone, he has also performed with the Wind Ensemble Society of New York City and in pit orchestras for Opera in the Slope and the HERE Arts Center production of Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg.
Erik received a B.M. in Music Performance at Ithaca College, where he was a finalist in the IC Concerto Competition and the recipient of the J.J. Whalen Young Artist Award. He also received a Diplôme d’Exécution (Performer's Certificate) from L'École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. Erik's primary instructors include Michael Galván, Richard Faria, and Guy Deplus, and he has performed in master classes for Larry Combs and J. Lawrie Bloom of the Chicago Symphony and David Shifrin of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Music has been a lifelong calling for Erik, beginning with his first solo with the St. Mary's Church Children's Choir in their Christmas performance of "The Little Drummer Boy." While as a boy, he dreamed of one day playing in Broadway pit orchestras or on movie soundtracks, life had other plans.
Currently, Erik is a Software Engineer at The New York Times.