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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.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is known as a captivating recitalist, chamber musician, and jazz performer, as well as a prolific recording artist. He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. In 1986, Stoltzman became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. He was awarded the prestigious Sanford Medal by the Yale School of Music in 2005 and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

He has performed or recorded with numerous major symphonies, at international jazz festivals and with such jazz and pop greats as the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, and Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall.

His commitment to new music has resulted in the commissioning and premiere of numerous new works for the clarinet, including "Fantasma/Cantos" by Toru Takemitsu; “Landscapes with Blues” by Stephen Hartke; “New York Counterpoint for Clarinet and Tape” by Steve Reich; and most recently, “Marika Groove” by Chick Corea, written for him and marimbist, Mika Yoshida, which premiered with Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd at Carnegie Hall in April 2012.

He brings his special magic to everything he plays:

Classical Recitals - Varied programs with a choice of works that span several centuries and three continents. Recent collaborations include Simone Dinnerstein, Menahem Pressler and David Deveau.

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 Igor Stravinsky.

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