As soloist with over a hundred orchestras, a recitalist, an innovative jazz artist and a two-time Grammy Award winner, Richard Stoltzman has defied categorization. He is largely credited for inspiring a wider appreciation for the clarinet and its versatility. His commitment to new music has resulted in numerous premieres, including works by Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, Stephen Hartke and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
It's not a "given" that the instrument a famous musician plays today was the very first instrument they played. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's first instrument was the violin; Sarah Chang began on the piano before taking up the violin. Richard Stoltzman, however, has only played one instrument.
Destiny, and the act of choosing a musical instrument, is not always under our control.
The music heard here is the Concertino For Clarinet by Carl Maria von Weber (Navona Records NV 5801).