The clarinettist John Corbett was born near Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow (Henry Morrison) and with Prof. Hans Deinzer at the Music Academy in Hannover.

In this period he was principal clarinet of the European Community Youth Orchestra for 3 years playing under Claudio Abbado, Herbert von Karajan and Carlo Maria Giulini. After a similar period as member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (German Student Orchestra) there followed a long collaboration as ensemble member and soloist with Ensemble Modern and Musikfabrik NRW, which still exists to this day. Concerts and recordings with conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Pierre Boulez, Ernest Bour and Friedrich Cerha have resulted from this fruitful activity. In addition he has played as guest with groups such as the Asko Ensemble Amsterdam, Ensemble InterContemporain Paris and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Performances at international festivals such as Salzburg, Venice, Paris, Luzern, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, the London Proms as well as tours in the USA, South America, Japan and Korea have featured prominently in John Corbett’s career. With these ensembles and orchestras such as WDR Radio Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn he has produced several CDs and radio productions.

John Corbett is presently Solo-Clarinettist with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra.