Christer Johnsson

Sweden

Christer Johnsson has formed a style of musical expression based on a strong woodwindtradition and a comitted interest in chambermusicplaying and is today one of the leading teachers and artists in his feeld.

Christer Johnsson has formed a style of musical expression based on a strong woodwindtradition and a comitted interest in chambermusicplaying and is today one of the leading teachers and artists in his feeld.

Christer was born in Alvesta, south of Sweden in 1956 and has been playing saxophone since the age of 10. He started his musical studies together with professor Jules de Vries at Ingesunds Folkhögskola at the age of 16 and entered the saxophone class of professor Sölve Kingsted at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1975. He finalized his studies in the international saxophone class of professor Jean-Marie Londeix 1978 in Bordeaux, France where he achieved the verdict ” Premier prix l´unanimité avec félicitation du jury” in saxophone and chambermusic.

He made his debut as a soloist 1982 with the Swedish Radio orchestra and 2006 he made his final soloistperformans with the Tonhalle ochestra in Zurich and maestro Herbert Blomstedt in the Op. 14 by Larsson.
Since 1980 he have the position as professor of saxophone and head of the Woodwind department at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm were he is teaching saxophone and chambermusic.

Christer has also teached classical saxophone at the academies in Kopenhagen and Oslo and given masterclasses in Berlin, Wien, Amsterdam, Haag, Chicago and Paris.

Christer have made recordings with conductors like Neeme Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, Leif Segerstam, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sixten Ehrling, Yuri Termirkanov and Evgeny Svetlanov.

As soloist and chambermusician Christer has been working with the most established musicians, orchestras and conductors all over Europe. In 2014 he was soloist, playing the Concerto Op. 14 by Lars-Erik Larsson, with maestro Herbert Blomstedt and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich.

Christer is playing Yanagisawa, Selmer, Buffet and Keilwert saxophones, mouthpieces from Selmer, Vandoren and Nick Kückenmeier and reeds from Vandoren and Légere reeds.