RICHARD STOLTZMAN, clarinet
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Richard Stoltzman's virtuosity, musicianship, and sheer personal magnetism have made him one of today's most sought-after concert artists. As soloist with more than a hundred orchestras, as a captivating recitalist and chamber music performer, as an innovative jazz artist, and as a prolific recording artist, two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Stoltzman has defied categorization, dazzling critics and audiences alike throughout many musical genres.
Stoltzman graduated from Ohio State University with a double major in music and mathematics. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University while studying with Keith Wilson, and later worked toward a doctoral degree with Kalmen Opperman at Columbia University. As a ten-year participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, Stoltzman gained extensive chamber music experience, and subsequently became a founding member of the noted ensemble TASHI, which made its debut in 1973.
Since then, Stoltzman's unique style of playing the clarinet has earned him an international reputation as he has opened up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and he became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. He has performed or recorded with numerous jazz and pop greats and his commitment to new music has resulted in the commissioning and premiere of numerous new works for the clarinet.
Richard Stoltzman has a discography numbering over 75 releases, including the GRAMMY® -winning recordings of Brahms Sonatas with Richard Goode and the Trios of Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma. A duo recording of clarinet and marimba, with Richard Stoltzman and his wife, Mika, is forthcoming.
2016 touring includes returns to the Norfolk (CT), Highlands-Cashiers (NC) and South Mountain (MA) Festivals, as well as performing the rarely heard Siegmeister Concerto with the Alabama Symphony and the New York premiere of the Foss Elegy for clarinet and orchestra, which he received as a gift from the composer.
Richard Stoltzman resides in Massachusetts and is a passionate Boston Red Sox baseball fan. He is also a Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef.