Swiss clarinettist Ernesto Molinari performs concerts around the world and is equally at ease in classical, romantic and contemporary music, as he is in jazz and improvisation. Born in Lugano in 1956, he studied clarinet at the Musik-Akademie Basel and bass clarinet at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is an accomplished soloist on each of the instruments in the clarinet family. Numerous compositions have been composed especially for him and his fearless approach to playing has inspired a new generation of clarinet players. Presently professor at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB), Ernesto Molinari has also been teaching at the Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt since 2000 as well as the Impuls Internationale Ensemble und Komponistenakademie für zeitgenössische Musik in Graz since 1999. From 1994 to 2005, he was clarinettist in the Viennese Soloist Ensemble Klangforum Wien. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in renowned music festivals such as the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Lucerne Festival and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. His many recordings include Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Brian Ferneyhough’s La Chute d’Icare, Emmanuel Nunes’ Machina mundi and Michael Jarrell’s Essams-Cribles.