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Joë Christophe french clarinetist ARD Munich 1st Prize winner joe clarinet ©Daniel Delang


At only twenty-five, Joë Christophe brilliantly won the first prize as well as six special prizes at the famous ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2019. He has already been invited by many orchestras and festivals to perform in some of the most prestigious concert halls.

Award-winner of the Festival Musical dʼAutomne des Jeunes Interprètes 2017 and the Safran Foundation for Music 2018, first prize at the Cluj International Music Competition (Romania) in 2019, he graduated with honours in 2020 from the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in the classes of Philippe Berrod and Arnaud Leroy.


Featuring in the famous program Stars von Morgen in 2020, hosted by Rolando Villazón, Joë Christophe is also participating in the 2021 prestigious programme Debüt on the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. 

His brilliant start to his career led him to perform as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Kammerorchester and Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Collegium Musicum Basel,

Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Toulon, Orchestre de la Garde républicaine.


He has had the opportunity to play in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls, such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Kölner Philharmonie, Berliner Konzerthaus and Philharmonie, Munich Prinzregententheater and Herkulessaal, Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Tokyo International Forum and Opera City Concert Hall. 


He has also performed at numerous festivals as a chamber musician, such as the Davos Festival, Nouveaux Horizons Festival, Radio France Montpellier Occitanie Festival, Sonates d'Automne Festival. 


His first CD 'Idylle', which he recorded with pianist Vincent Mussat and the German label Genuin Classics, explores the beautiful colours, deep feelings and humour of the French and English repertoire for clarinet and piano.


Since 2022, Joë Christophe has been a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation.

Being a native of a small village in the north of France, Joë started to learn the clarinet at the age of seven with Adrien Delattre thanks to a free of charge music school. Furthering his studies in Valenciennes and Paris with Caroline Delmotte and Olivier Derbesse, he then entered the CNSM of Paris in 2015 to study under Philippe Berrod, principal clarinet of the Orchestre de Paris, as well as his colleague Arnaud Leroy.

©Daniel Delang

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