About me

I studied the clarinet in Lübeck and Munich and since 2002 have played as First Principal Clarinetist for Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg, as well as in independent projects. (Please see Clarinetist for further information regarding my artistic career.)

For over 10 years now, my work as a professional musician has been accompanied by intensive teaching activities, including running workshops and masterclasses. In the search for new inspiration for my teaching and my playing, I came across the Lichtenberger® Institute for Applied Physiology of the Voice in 2010. The merger of scientific insight with pedagogical, artistic and practical questions had a profound effect on me.

Since that time, the Lichtenberger® Method has become a main focus of my teaching work. In November 2014 I have completed the 3-year Teacher Training and work as a certified Lichtenberger® teacher now. Twice a year, I visit the Lichtenberger® Institute to receive constant further training, and once a year I get supervision by fellow certified teachers of the method.

Within the last few years my teaching practice has expanded to include not only clarinetists, but also other instrumentalists, singers and speakers (see Feedback). Among these there are both professionals and amateurs, classical musicians and artists from the worlds of jazz and pop. I feel that this variety is especially enriching for my work, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from my students.

Intensive training in Musiker-Mentaltraining (with Ulrike Klees & Petra Keßler), a comprehensive knowledge of the lieder and opera repertoire, as well as several years of individual tuition in Alexander Technique and classical Hatha Yoga are further aspects that inform my approach to teaching.

Portrait Jens Thoben