Richard Stoltzman's Clarinet Playing Hits New Notes

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Richard Stoltzman is arguably the world's best-known clarinetist, who has both helped to broaden the repertory for classical clarinet and made numerous forays into jazz, Latin and crossover styles.

Over a long career, he has accomplished a number of firsts for his instrument, becoming the first wind player to receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, and the first clarinetist to give solo recitals in Carnegie Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl.

He has appeared with orchestras and chamber groups around the world, performed with pop artists like Mel Torme and Judy Collins, and won two Grammy Awards. This fall, he's appearing the group the Klezmatics -- his first foray into klezmer music -- and he's returning to a piece that helped launch his career in the early '70s: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

Stoltzman sat down with Jeff Spurgeon to talk about his early days with the freewheeling chamber group TASHI, his idols including Benny Goodman, and some of his favorite works for the instrument.

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Comments [1]

Lars Erickson from Omaha

Richard, Hi! Two of my favorite live music experiences were Richard S. and family here in Omaha, and much earlier with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Thank-you for letting me arrange those songs for you so many years ago in Pittsburgh. We're heading to Bulgaria to get Pi Symphony performed in Ruse! Your advice back then ..."wait, things can happen when you least expect them" was right on.

Nov. 07 2010 03:40 PM

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