Born 1956 in Lugano/Switzerland. Studied clarinet in Basel and bass clarinet in Amsterdam and is an accomplished soloist on each of the instruments in the clarinet family.
Numerous compositions have been composed especially for him and his fearless approach to playing has inspired a new generation of clarinet players. From 1994 to 2005 he was clarinettist in the Viennese Soloist Ensemble Klangforum Wien. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in renowned music festivals (Salzburg, Paris, Lucerne, Berlin, etc.) throughout Europe and around the world and is at home with classical music as well as contemporary music and jazz. Presently professor for clarinet at the HKB (College of Arts) in Bern, Switzerland, Ernesto Molinari has also been teaching at the Impuls Academy in Graz since 1999. He has been a member of the Soloist Ensemble Collegium Novum Zurich (CNZ) since 2014 and is the initiator of the research project CLEX ( Contrabass Clarinet Extended ) of the Bern University of the Arts.
Ernesto Molinari has been the clarinet tutor at Darmstadt since 2000.