Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

 "…the listener was struck – awestruck, even – by Stoltzman's expressive range, the wide array of musical colors he brings to the music, the varied sounds: seductive, biting, poetic, witty, beautiful, ugly. And when he plays softly, it is a thrilling softness, an intense quietude, a breathtaking diminuendo." 

                                                          -- LOS ANGELES TIMES

Grammy Award-winning clarinetist RICHARD STOLTZMAN brings his special magic, so eloquently described by the Los Angeles Times, to everything he plays:

Classical Recital - Varied programs with a choice of works that span several centuries and three continents could include Brahms, Schubert, Lutoslawski, Prokofiev, Bernstein, Gershwin, Takemitsu or Debussy, among others. Recent collaborations include Simone Dinnerstein and Menahem Pressler, among others.

Chamber Music - with guest String Quartet or Piano Trio - Stoltzman teams up with chamber ensembles to offer great works for clarinet and strings that could include Brahms, Mozart or Hindemith and/or a selection of American works. Quartets he has collaborated with include: American, Borromeo, Emerson, Orion, Pacifica, Prazak, Takacs and Tokyo. Trio concerts could include Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time and works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Copland, Brahms, among others

With Big Band &/or Jazz Combo - Stoltzman offers a variety of programs to celebrate some of the creative forces who changed the face of music in the 20th century, ranging from Benny Goodman, “Duke” Ellington, and Woody Herman(with whom he toured) to Leonard Bernstein, Mel Powell and Stravinsky. Over the past few seasons, these programs have been heard throughout the US and in Spring 2009 and 2011 he performed "Tribute to Benny" concerts on tour with the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble I. Also, watch for Stoltzman on the “Benny Goodman’s Greatest Hits” television special on PBS!

Father & Son with jazz pianist son Peter John - A delightful mixture of classical and jazz with works that could include Debussy, Bernstein, Ellington, Monk and Gershwin.

Extended Residencies - The above concerts, or Stoltzman on his own working with your ensembles, can be molded into a successful residency that builds on the resources of your community and draws attention to a set of extraordinary events for all ages.



Through his residency and outreach activities, Stoltzman makes music come alive for young people.  Beyond traditional masterclasses, Stoltzman can serve as a resource for the entire community with open rehearsals followed by question and answer sessions, lecture/demonstration for specific age groups (including elementary, using his Sesame Street and Mister Rogers videos), workshops with student jazz bands/chamber ensembles, or by utilizing his skills as a Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef for benefit baking classes.

In Richard's own words: "working with the terrific young people at our university music schools I reconnect with that precious moment of mutual passion for music among generations- from string quartet to jazz big band."



Richard Stoltzman remains committed to the commissioning of new works. Please inquire about opportunities to co-commission a work and present a world premiere.



“Few musicians can turn a phrase as irresistibly”  -- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Stoltzman is one of that important new breed of virtuoso who always brings something new along.... Interpretations as remarkable for communicative immediacy as for instrumental skill.  Other people may play the clarinet this well (not many of them), but none has this much to say, and has this much savvy about how to say it in a public and accessible way.  Stoltzman is a sharing performer, and that's why he's a popular one."   -- BOSTON GLOBE

"With an almost magical ease of communication, Stoltzman transformed the hall into a 19th-century opera theatre for Weber's Grand duo concertante, Op. 48, then drew us into an intimate, domestic gathering of friends for Brahms's Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 120.  In Peter Sculthorpe's Songs of Sea and Sky, Stoltzman unfolded an expansive Papua New Guinean landscape, only to parachute us into a hot jazz club for concluding selections by Cole Porter, Jimmy Rowles and Dick Hyman, and a Gershwin encore."  - TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL

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