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The most beautiful moment of the evening was a result of the collaboration of the principle clarinetist and the maestro. In the final measures of the second movement (Andante cantabile con lacuna licenza) they sculpted a paralyzingly beautiful cadence with a final note no one in the hall could breath during - sonic mastery. My brain whispered "bravo".  - Kazimierz Nowak, BWW.

Clarinetist Jonathan Gunn is a versatile artist with a varied career as educator, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. Appointed by Maestro Paavo Järvi to the position of Associate Principal and Eb Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2004, Mr. Gunn then served as Principal Clarinet from 2011 to 2016. Prior to joining the Cincinnati Symphony, he was the Principal Clarinetist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Mr. Gunn has performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Houston Grand Opera as well as performing with orchestras around the country, including the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh and Colorado Symphony Orchestras. 


Mr. Gunn has participated in numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Bard, and St. Bart's and is the Principal Clarinetist of the Sunflower and Buzzard’s Bay Music Festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as Sunflower and Buzzard’s Bay. In August 2016, Mr. Gunn was featured at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto and in the spring of 2017, he toured and recorded the Corigliano Clarinet Concerto with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble for Reference Recordings with Jerry Junkin conducting. As a chamber musician Jonathan is active around the United States and has collaborated with artists such as Miró Quartet, Gil Shaham, and Anton Nel. He has also performed as a member of Concert:Nova, and has been a guest artist with the Linton Chamber Music Series and the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.


Committed to the education of the next generation of clarinetists, Mr. Gunn gives masterclasses and recitals around the country, and has served on the faculties of the Buffet-Crampon Summer Academy, the Aria International Summer Academy, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and Round Top Music Festival. Currently, Mr. Gunn serves as the Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Texas, he served on the faculties of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 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 the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Master of Music from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. Jonathan is married to Jennifer Gunn, who plays piccolo and flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Mr. Gunn is a D’Addario Artist and Musician Advisor, a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet-Crampon clarinets.

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