Born in Austria in 1982, cellist Jan Clemens Carlsen studied with Hans Josef Groh at the Barratt-Due Music Institute and Prof. Heidi Litschauer at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he also had lessons with the Hagen Quartet. In 2004 he won a place at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen to study for his Diploma with Prof. Christoph Richter. From 2006 to 2008 Jan Clemens was a pupil of Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Music School, and has since worked there periodically as his teaching assistant.
In 2008 Jan Clemens came 2nd in Princess Astrid's music prize, and has won awards in both the Norwegian string championship and the ConocoPhillips competition.
He has taken part in many festivals as a soloist and chamber musician, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), the Hardanger Music Festival, the Sonoro Festival (Bucarest), the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, Festspillene i Bergen and the St. Magnus Festival (Orkney Islands).
Since 2013, Jan Clemens Carlsen has been cellist with the Engegård Quartet, with whom he has made a number of highly-acclaimed CDs and collaborated with many leading musicians, including András Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lukas Hagen, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Jean Efflam Bavouzet, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Håvard Gimse, Steven Tennenbaum, Daniel Phillips, Marianne Beate Kjelland, Christian Ihle Hadland, Monika Leskovar, Emma Johnson, Marianna Shirinyan and Nils Anders Mortensen.
Jan Clemens plays a Giacomo Zanoli cello made in 1737, generously loaned to him by Dextra Musica.