Born in 1982, Jean-Luc Votano started to study the clarinet at the age of four with his father. After studying at the Royal Mons Conservatory he entered the class of Philippe Cuper at the Versailles Regional Conservatory, where he won a unanimously awarded prize with the congratulations of the jury (2001). The laureate of several international competitions, many times nominated at the Octaves de la Musique, he was elected best Young Soloist of 2004 by the public Francophone radios, and, at the age of 19, he joined the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège as first solo clarinet. From his earliest years he appeared as a concert artiste (giving his first solo concert at the age of 7), and he today plays regularly all over Europe alongside, notably, conductors such as Louis Langrée, Armin Jordan, Christian Arming, Yuri Simonov, Yoel Lévy, Paul Meyer and Pascal Rophé. His passion for chamber music also enables him to practise his art with partners such as François-René Duchable, Claire-Marie Le Guay, David Lively, Sophie Karthäuser, Marie Hallynck, Justus Grimm, Boris Belkin, Olivier Charlier, Albrecht-Laurent Breuninger, Geneviève Laurenceau, Tatiana Samouil, Arnaud Thorette, the Debussy, Danel, Parisii and Fine Arts string quartets. His repertory includes a hundred concertos and chamber music works as well as major works from the contemporary repertory. Several Belgian composers – including Claude Ledoux, Robert Janssens, Max Vandermaesbrugges, Viviane Mataigne and Stéphane Orlando – have dedicated works to him. He was also the original soloist of Magnus Lindberg’s concerto, as a guest of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo, in November 2009. He made his New York debut in 2006 at the Lincoln Center. Jean-Luc Votano has been teaching at the IMEP (Namur) since 2003 and has been a member of the wind trio Abocalips with Sébastien Guedj and Joanie Carlier since 2007.