Anton Jakimenko (1990) was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he started with piano lessons at the age of 8. When he was 10 years old, due to discrimination in his birth country, he was forced to seek asylum with his parents in the Netherlands, where he started the clarinet at the age of 11. In his new country, he got the chance to develop his music talents and in 2004 he was admitted to the Youth Talent Class at the Prince Claus Conservatory. In 2004 Anton won the first prize at the Prinses Christina Concours, giving later on solo concerts with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. He followed masterclasses with classical clarinet players like Martin Fröst, Karl Leister, Charles Neidich, Julien Hervé, Reinier Hogerheijde and Pierre Lafay. Eventually Anton became interested in improvisation and began to study jazz, being admitted in 2016 to the master program of jazz clarinet at the conservatory of Amsterdam with the teacher Joris Roelofs. In this institution, Anton followed masterclasses from Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Yuri Honing, John Clayton and John Riley.