The clarinetist you’re hearing is not a touring professional – although based on his playing, you might have made that assumption. His name is Randolph Palada, and he’s a senior at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. (music)
Palada is one of eight Mozart competition winners who will play on Sunday – the youngest is fourth-grade pianist Nicholas Brune. While competitions can be stressful, 17-year-old soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon says this one was special because of the encouragement and good advice she received from the judges.
For the record, when Lucy sings Mozart, she sounds like this.