The Week in Reviews, Op. 188: Daniel Lozakovich, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Elina Vahala
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Daniel Lozakovich performed Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- The Republican: "Listening to Lozakovich, he sounded far more mature than he looked as he effortlessly performed one of Mozart's more charming violin concertos."
- Boston Globe: "Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich (born in 2001), playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. He did so with poise, tonal purity, and technique to spare. An encore by Fritz Kreisler gave him the chance for pyrotechnic display that the Mozart does not afford, and he used it to maximum effect."
- Zeal NYC: "His playing is nimble and satisfying, and on Sunday, the Adagio sang from the heart."
- Berkshire Eagle: "He played Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, the work of a teenage composer, with suavity that belied his years but occasionally bordered on slickness, especially in the adagio movement. Impressive, and probably bound for stardom. Time will tell."
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performed Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the Eastern Music Festival.
- Greensboro News & Record: "None was more engaged than Salerno-Sonnenberg, who played by turns furiously or intimately, lyrically or dramatically. As the leader of the ensemble, standing front and center, she often appeared to goad the others to join her in her passionate music-making. The interaction between her and the others was intense and entertaining to watch."
Elina Vähälä performed Corigliano's "Red Violin" Concerto with the Colorado Music Festival.
- Daily Camera: "She gave a revelatory performance of John Corigliano's "Red Violin" Concerto, making apparent her status as one of the work's foremost interpreters."
Joo Yeon Sir performed the Barber with the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
- Cambridge News: "She took the first two movements (the first of which has a Scottish flavour to it) and their two big, somewhat discordant, climaxes in her stride with some exquisite lyrical playing. But the fireworks were held back until the furious and headlong ‘molto perpetuo’ final movement allowed Joo Yeon Sir to display her astounding virtuosity."
Gil Shaham performed Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
- The Straits Times: "The enfant terrible of Russian music, Prokofiev was to painfully pique ears with his brand of lashing dissonance, one which Shaham delivered in shovels."
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