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Jonathan Gunn - Acting Solo Clarinetist in the Cincinatti Symphony and Major Pedagogue at the Cincinatti Conservatory of Music

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Biography

            Appointed by Maestro Paavo Jarvi, Jonathan Gunn serves as the Associate Principal and Eb Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Previously Mr. Gunn was the Principal Clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN) from 1998 to 2004; prior to that, he was Principal Clarinet of the Wheeling Symphony (WV) and 2nd Clarinet of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra (FL.) In addition to his tenured positions, Jonathan has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, Pittsburgh and Colorado Symphony Orchestras.

            Mr. Gunn has participated in numerous music festivals including Bard, Sunflower, Tanglewood, Aspen, St. Bart's, Telluride Jazz Celebration, and Ashlawn-Highland Opera Company and, as a soloist, has appeared with the Wheeling Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on several occasions. As a chamber musician Jonathan is active around the United States as well as in the Cincinnati area, where he has performed regularly on the Linton Chamber Music Series, the CSO Chamber Players and Chamber Music at the Taft Museum.

            Committed to the education of the next generation of clarinetists, Mr. Gunn has maintained a private studio at his home and has given masterclasses around the country. Jonathan is on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and, prior to that, taught at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Goshen College, Andrews University and Seton Hill University.

            Born in Sheffield, England, Mr. Gunn started his musical career playing violin and piano and began studying the clarinet after moving to the United States at age eleven. He received a Bachelor of Music from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Master of Music from Duquesne University. Jonathan is married to Jennifer Gunn, who plays piccolo and flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

            Mr. Gunn is a Rico Artist, a Buffet-Crampon USA Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet-Crampon clarinets.

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