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Thu, Nov 9, 2023, 7:30 pm

Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall
Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, Alabama

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.

Richard Stoltzman has a discography numbering over 80 releases on BMG/RCA, SONY Classical, MMC, BIS, Albany and other labels, including a GRAMMY® -winning recording of Brahms Sonatas with Richard Goode. Among Stoltzman's most beloved releases are “Amber Waves”, a CD of American works, and the Trios of Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, which won Stoltzman his second GRAMMY® Award.  Acclaimed recordings include Hartke’s “Landscapes with Blues” with IRIS, conducted by Michael Stern (Naxos), a New York Times “Best of 2003”, Rautavaara’s Clarinet Concerto recorded with Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine), an All-Bach recording, “Vibrations and Fantasies”(BMG Japan), among others.

Richard Stoltzman continues to be a trailblazer for his instrument and his arrangement and performance of Debussy’s “Maid with the Flaxen Hair” (Navona Records) was chosen as one of only three tracks to be pre-loaded on Microsoft’s Windows® System 7 release. Bach’s “Chromatic Fantasy in D minor,” “performed so persuasively and exquisitely” (Baltimore Sun), as well as his reflections on the composer, that appear in the Michael Lawrence’s Documentary Film “Bach & friends” have been singled out as “brilliant” (Huffington Post). Live performances accompanied screenings at the January 2010 EG conference at Symphony Space in New York City later that year.

Recent seasons have included an eclectic mix of performances: premiering a Christopher Wheeldon Pas de Deux to works of Bernstein and Previn at New York City Ballet, several tours with the New York Chamber Soloists, a partnership with the Klezmatics at the University of Texas, Austin, a residency and tour with the University of Northern Florida Jazz Ensemble, duo recitals with guitarist Eliot Fisk as well recitals with pianists David Deveau, Simone Dinnerstein and Yehudi Wyner. Orchestral performances include works of Bernstein, Copland, Debussy, Mozart, and Rossini, and a sold-out debut performance of Corigliano Clarinet Concerto at Buenos Aires’s renowned Teatro Colon. In the past two seasons, tours have also taken Stoltzman to Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Mexico.

(from the artist's website)

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