About me

I studied the clarinet in Lübeck and Munich and in 2002 started playing as First Principal Clarinetist for Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg. I left the orchestra in 2015 to pursue a career as a freelance musician and teacher of the Lichtenberger® Method in Berlin. Ever since, I have been playing regularly as Principal Clarinetist with distinguished orchestras such as Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Staatskapelle Dresden, as well as with free ensembles. (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. I have held a Guest professorship at Folkwang University of the Arts in 2014, and 2015-2020 a teaching assignment as assistant of Prof. Martin Spangenberg at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. 

From April 2020 on, I will be Professor for Clarinet at Musikhochschule Lübeck.

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.

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