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Allen Vizzutti, trumpet
March 16 at 7:30PM
Lazzara Performance Hall
University of North Florida Fine Arts Center
With the UNF Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Simon Shiao
and Jazz Ensemble 1, under the direction of J.B. Scott
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 categorizatio
n, dazzling critics and audiences alike throughout many musical genres.
Stoltzman graduated from Ohio State University with a double major in music and mathematics. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University while studying with Keith Wilson, and later worked toward a doctoral degree with Kalmen Opperman at Columbia University. As a ten-year participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, Stoltzman gained extensive chamber music experience, and subsequently became a founding member of the noted ensemble TASHI, which made its debut in 1973.
Since then, Stoltzman’s unique style of playing the clarinet has earned him an international reputation as he has opened up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and he became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. He has performed or recorded with numerous jazz and pop greats and his commitment to new music has resulted in the commissioning and premiere of numerous new works for the clarinet.
Richard Stoltzman has a discography numbering over 75 releases, including the GRAMMY® -winning recordings of Brahms Sonatas with Richard Goode and the Trios of Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma. A duo recording of clarinet and marimba, with Richard Stoltzman and his wife, Mika, is forthcoming.
2016 touring includes returns to the Norfolk (
CT), Highlands-Cashiers (NC) and South Mountain (MA) Festivals, as well as performing the rarely heard Siegmeister Concerto with the Alabama Symphony and the New York premiere of the Foss Elegy for clarinet and orchestra, which he received as a gift from the composer.
Richard Stoltzman resides in Massachusetts and is a passionate Boston Red Sox baseball fan. He is also a Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef.
Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 60 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with
symphony orchestras, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world.
While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self-taught musician. Allen attended the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s history.
Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony and others. After the world premier of his “Emerald Concerto” with the Syracuse Symphony Allen’s writing was described in review: “The Emerald Concerto sparkles!…a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.”
As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at leading universities throughout the world including
the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, the Trompeten
Akademie of Bremen Germany. His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method”
and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works
for trumpet study worldwide.