Johannes Thorell

Johannes Thorell, born in 1976, is one of Scandinavia´s leading saxophonists. He made his soloist debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 performing the hugely demanding saxophone concerto by Edison Denisov, a performance that was given a rousing reception by both press and audience.
Since then Thorell has received numeral prizes and grants, including a first prize in the Wolfgang Jacobi competition in Munich together with pianist Magnus Sköld and the Rosenborg/Gehrmans grant. He has received major grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and was a prize winner at the Biel/Bienne competition for contemporary music.
Johannes is, together with his colleague Claus Olesen, creator of the Scandinavian Saxophone Festival. He is also editor for the Nordic Saxophone Journal and has his own chamber music series “Örebro Live”.
Thorell is currently a saxophone teacher at The Royal Academy of music in Aarhus/Aalborg and performs regularly with pianist Magnus Sköld, the Swedish Wind Ensemble and the Nordic Saxophone Quartet.