Emma Johnson attended the Sixth Form of Sevenoaks School during the 1980s. In 1984, while she was still at school, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and was a medal winner in the Eurovision Young Musician. Later she was to be a winner of the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York.
Emma read English Literature and Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge and subsequently pursued an international career as a solo clarinettist, giving recitals, broadcasts and guest appearances in many different countries. She has performed in Europe, the USA and the Far East, as well as in Africa and Australia. Emma is also in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician and has been invited to direct from the clarinet and also to conduct orchestras such as the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic.
Described as ‘Britain's favourite clarinettist’ by the Times, Emma has recorded numerous CDs and, following a period as Professor of Clarinet at the Royal College of Music, enjoys working with students in masterclasses. She also takes an interest in contemporary composers.
The first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, she is a Patron of the childhood cancer charity, ClicSargent and was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to music.