Principal Clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony
B♭/A clarinet Zenit
“I love the projection of my Zenit clarinets on stage. They have a beautiful sound and focus. “
Giovanni Bertoni is an Italian clarinetist who currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Jacksonville Symphony. He previously held a position with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Bertoni has also performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. He was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2018 and 2019, where he worked with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, and John Williams. In addition, he participated in the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble Workshop, which included a tour of Oviedo, Spain. Bertoni is the winner of the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee. He has recorded commercially for Musica Solis Productions and can be heard on the album “Perpetual Motion” alongside David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, and Frank Morelli. Bertoni holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, and has studied under renowned clarinetists such as David Shifrin, Richard Hawkins, Ricardo Morales, and Corrado Giuffredi.