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Richard Leslie Stoltzman (born July 12, 1942) is an American clarinetist. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he spent his early years in San Francisco, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Woodward High School in 1960. Today, Stoltzman is part of the faculty list at the New England Conservatory. His notable students include Bharat Chandra and Michael Norsworthy.

Stoltzman is perhaps the best-known clarinetist who primarily plays classical music. He has played with over 100 orchestras, as well as with many chamber groups and in many solo recitals. Stoltzman has received numerous awards and has produced an extensive discography. His virtuosity and musicianship have made him a highly sought-after concert artist.

In addition to classical repertoire, Stoltzman also plays jazz. Some of his recordings, such as his album New York Counterpoint, feature both jazz and modern music. In 1983, Stoltzman commissioned composer/arranger Clare Fischer to write a symphonic work using Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn themes. The result was The Duke, Swee'pea and Me, an eleven-minute orchestral work which Stoltzman performed worldwide.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 New York Counterpoint Richard Stoltzman 1
1988 Corigliano: Clarinet Concerto / Copland: Clarinet Concerto / Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, & Riffs Corigliano, Copland, Bernstein; London Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Richard Stoltzman 1
1991 Brasil Richard Stoltzman 1
1992 Hark! Richard Stoltzman 1
1993 Copland: Clarinet Concerto / Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet / Gershwin: Three Preludes Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin; Richard Stoltzman, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Eric Stern 1
1994 Dreams Richard Stoltzman 1
1995 Impressions Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel; Tokyo String Quartet, Richard Stoltzman, Heidi Lehwalder, James Galway 1
1998 Danza Latina Richard Stoltzman 1
1999 WorldBeat Bach Richard Stoltzman 1
2001 Concertos for Clarinet and Orchestra (Seattle Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz) Richard Stoltzman 1
2004 Trios for Piano, Clarinet, Cello Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart; Ax, Stoltzman, Ma 2
Amber Waves: American Clarinet Music Richard Stoltzman, Irma Vallecillo 1
Open Sky Richard Stoltzman 1
Spirits Richard Stoltzman 1
Visions Richard Stoltzman 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 The Essential Clarinet Compilation Corigliano, Bernstein, Copland, Stravinsky; Richard Stoltzman 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Bill Douglas eet World Richard Stoltzman 1
Inner Voices Richard Stoltzman with Judy Collins 1

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