Micah Candiotti-Pacheco

Clarinet

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Alma mater: University of Michigan
Appearances: Mendocino Music Festival, Northern California, 2017; Marrowstone Music Festival, Bellingham, Washington, 2014; Hot Springs Music Festival, Arkansas, 2014; Texas Music Festival, Houston, 2015
Musical origins: I began playing at age 10 because my cousin gave me a beginner clarinet that she wasn’t using.
What inspired you to audition for TŌN?: My two good clarinet friends from Michigan, Elias and Sangwon joined TŌN in its inaugural year and highly encouraged me to apply. After that, the more I learned about the program from them and from online sources, the more I was impressed. Now to be playing alongside them and the rest of TŌN is an absolute privilege.
Favorite piece to play: Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet (particularly the second movement)
Favorite obscure piece: Philip Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi
Favorite composer fact: Mozart wrote the overture to Don Giovanni less than 24 hours before the opera’s premiere.
Favorite musical memory: Watching and hearing the San Francisco Symphony play Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Which composer would have had the best social media: As cliché as it may sound, Mozart would absolutely have the most hilarious and scandalous Facebook page.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: The coordination, skill, and focus required to put together an orchestral piece of music is mind-blowing.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers
Musical guilty pleasure: Muse
Favorite non-musical hobby: Playing ping pong and writing calligraphy
Favorite painting: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Treasure your music teachers and treasure your music friends. Those are the people.
Time travel destination: New York in the 1920s

Headshot by Curtis Noborikawa III; Outdoor photos by Jito Lee

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