La Jolla, CA, United States
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In 1890 Brahms retired from composing, but, after hearing the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, was inspired to write clarinet music. His Clarinet Quintet (1891) breathed new life into a neglected medium. Four years later the 20-year-old Black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor wrote his Clarinet Quintet which combined the formal concern of Brahms with the rhythmic and harmonic influence of Dvorak. Rising clarinet star Max Opferkuch will perform with the Zelter String Quartet, winner of the 2021 Chesapeake Music International Chamber Music Competition.