Jean-Luc Votano was born in 1982 and started clarinet at the age of 4 with his father. Voted Best Young Soloist of the year 2004 by French public radio and several times nominated at the Octave of Music, he is the winner of numerous international competitions. At the age of 20, he entered the first solo clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and became a clarinet teacher at the Institut Supérieur de Musique et Pédagogie in Namur.
In addition, he pursued a concert career from an early age and gave his first solo concert at the age of seven. He regularly shares the finest concertos in the repertoire alongside prestigious conductors such as Louis Langrée, Armin Jordan, Christian Arming, Yoel Lévy and Pascal Rophé.
His passion for chamber music will also allow him to practice his art with partners such as François-René Duchable, Claire-Marie Le Guay, David Lively, Johan Farjot, Sophie Karthäuser, Marie Hallynck, Boris Belkin, Olivier Charlier, Albrecht -Laurent Breuninger, Genevieve Laurenceau, Tatiana Samouil, Arnaud Thorette, The Debussy Quartet, Danel, Parisii and the Fine Arts Quartet.
Jean-Luc Votano plays regularly throughout Europe and in 2006 he made his New York debut at the Lincoln Center and in November 2009 he was invited by the “New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra” of Tokyo where he will create the Magnus Lindberg concerto .
Jean-Luc Votano has a large repertoire of about one hundred concertos and chamber music as well as several major works from the contemporary repertoire. Several Belgian composers such as Claude Ledoux, Robert Janssens, Max Vandermaesbrugges, Viviane Mataigne and Stéphane Orlando have also dedicated some of their works.
Since 2007 Jean-Luc Votano is a member of the trio of reeds Abocalips and in 2011 integrates the whole contrast.
Jean-Luc Votano plays on a clarinet Buffet Crampon “Divine”.