Yann Ghiro joined The Cleveland Orchestra in January 2017 as bass clarinet. Since 1998, he served as principal clarinet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performing and recording regularly as soloist with that ensemble. He has also appeared as a guest with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and Korea’s KBS Symphony. He is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland.
Yann Ghiro was born in 1971 in Nice, France, and began clarinet lessons at the age of eleven. After studying for six years at the Paris Conservatoire — where he gained ﬁrst prize in clarinet, bass clarinet, and chamber music — Mr. Ghiro continued his studies at the Prague Mozart Academy, working with artists including Sandor Vegh, Gabor Takacs, Philippe Hirschhorn, and Steven Isserlis. A Fulbright Scholarship then allowed him to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, graduating in 1996. On his return to France, he became principal bass clarinet in the Pasdeloup Orchestra in Paris. He also played regularly with Paris Opera, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, he has played under such noted conductors such as Georges Prêtre, Armin Jordan, Pierre Boulez, Emmanuel Krivine, Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, and Charles Mackerras.
Updated: February 2017