Violinist Lucy Stoltzman studied with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she developed the love of chamber music that has infused her life. After her graduation, the then director, Rudolf Serkin, chose Lucy to be part of a pilot program for the first graduate chamber music program at Curtis. Many summers at the Marlboro Music Festival furthered her chamber music passion, and she has played on numerous Music from Marlboro tours.
It was at Marlboro that Ms. Stoltzman met her husband, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. In 1987 they formed a trio with pianist Richard Goode, which culminated in a Grammy-nominated recording of Bartok, Stravinsky and Ives. The Stoltzmans also collaborated in the birth and raising of their two children, Meggie and Peter.
In addition to her summers at Marlboro, Ms. Stoltzman has performed at many chamber music festivals, including Bravo! Colorado, Chamber Music East, Chamber Music West, festivals in Fredericksburg, Newport, Marblehead, Moab, Rockport and Sarasota, as well as Italian festivals in Asolo, Milan, Naples and Rome. She has been a member of the Muir Quartet and was Acting Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony. She performed as soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble in New York, Boston and Tokyo, and premiered Keith Jarrett1s Suite for Solo Violin in Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Stoltzman has also recorded Lou Harrison's Suite for Violin, Piano, and Small Orchestra with Jarrett. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, CRI, New World, and RCA/BMG labels.
In 1991 Ms. Stoltzman began a six-year medical sabbatical from the violin, during which time she became deeply involved in Waldorf Education. She received a Master's in Education and a Waldorf Teacher Certificate from Antioch New England Graduate School, and spent three years teaching at the Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Returning to the violin in 1997, Ms. Stoltzman has become active again on the concert scene and has kept alive her love of teaching. A former faculty member of Boston and Harvard Universities, she has been on the chamber music faculty of the New England Conservatory since 1997 and in addition joined the violin faculty of Purchase College1s Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase in the fall of 2000. She devotes her summers to coaching and performing chamber music at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine.
The Stoltzman family (Lucy, Richard and their two children) often give concerts together, including an evening at the Hollywood Bowl, a live nationwide CBC broadcast from Toronto, and benefit concerts for Amnesty International and Young Audiences.