meet the artist
Principal Clarinet of Jacksonville Symphony
Giovanni Bertoni is the principal clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony. Prior to his 2019 appointment in Jacksonville, he was a member of the New World Symphony, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Bertoni has most recently appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony performing the Aaron Copland clarinet concerto and the Mozart clarinet concerto under the baton of Maestro Courtney Lewis. Mr. Bertoni is an active chamber musician. He has commercially recorded for Musica Solis Productions and can be heard on the album “Perpetual Motion” alongside David Shifrin. In Jacksonville he performs regularly with the San Marco Chamber Music Society as well as other ensembles.
During the summers of 2018 and 2019 he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he worked with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, and John Williams. Mr.Bertoni has performed with the New Haven Symphony and given performances in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He participated in the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble Workshop, which culminated in a tour of Oviedo, Spain. Mr. Bertoni won first prize at the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee.
Originally from Sassuolo, Italy, Bertoni holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Oberlin College and Conservatory. His teachers include David Shifrin, Richard Hawkins, Ricardo Morales, and Corrado Giuffredi. Mr. Bertoni is F. A. Uebel artist and plays on a set of Zenit Grenadilla clarinets.