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Johannes Thorell (1976) is one of Scandinavia´s leading saxophonists. He made his soloist debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 performing the hugely demanding saxophone concerto by Edison Denisov, a performance that was given a rousing reception by both press and audience.

Since then Thorell has received numeral prizes and grants, including a first prize in the Wolfgang Jacobi competition in Munich (Germany) together with pianist Magnus Sköld and the Rosenborg/Gehrmans grant. He has received major grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and was a prizewinner at the Biel/Bienne (Switzerland) competition for contemporary music.

Johannes is, together with his colleague and fellow saxophonist Claus Olesen, creator of the Nordic Saxophone Festival. Thorell is currently a saxophone teacher at The Royal Academy of music in Aarhus/Aalborg and performs regularly with pianist Magnus Sköld, the Swedish Wind Ensemble and the Nordic Saxophone Quartet.

Johannes has studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm as well as at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and has been taught by saxophonists Christer Johnsson and Arno Bornkamp amongst others.

In 2011 Johannes released his debut CD the forbidden saxophone together with pianist Magnus Sköld and in 2012 his album Far North was released.


Johannes is a Selmer artist, and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively.

Soprano saxophone Selmer Super Action 80 Series II; Selmer Concept mouthpiece

Alto saxophone        Selmer Series III Gold plated; Selmer Concept mouthpiece

Tenor Saxophone     Selmer Series III; Selmer Soloist C* mouthpiece

Baritone Saxophone  Selmer Series III; Selmer S90 180 mouthpiece