THE INIMITABLE RICHARD STOLTZMAN

Two-time Grammy winner RICHARD STOLTZMAN has done for the clarinet what JEAN-PIERRE RAMPAL did for the flute - bring the reed to the forefront as a solo instrument - of rich tones and many colors. Thus, to classical music enthusiasts, his name is synonymous with the clarinet.

He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. In 1986, he became the first wind player to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Primarily a clarinetist who performs mainly classical music (as a solo artist or in collaboration with such greats as Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler), he is a virtuoso whose repertoire spans across musical genres and has performed with the greats of jazz and pop (e.g., Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Judy Collins). A prolific recording artist with over 40 recordings to his credit, he is also well known for his collaborations with contemporary composers such as Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, adn Lukas Foss, among others.

The video excerpts below give one a good insight into the artist who revolutionized the clarinet and of whom the New York Times has one succinct description: "ONE OF KIND" - nothing could be more apt!

STOLTZMAN : On Composers

 

STOLTZMAN: The Bach Project

 

STOLTZMAN and KEITH JARRETT, piano


[Note: Background music is excerpted from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto,
with Richard Stoltzman playing the clarinet and conducting the English Chamber Orchestra]

A STOLTZMAN DISCOGRAPHY

The UCLA Live Concert with Menahem Pressler


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The UCLA Live Concert with Menahem Pressler


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