The Week in Reviews, Op. 275: Stefani Matsuo; Simone Lamsma; Igor Yuzefovich
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Violinist Stefani Matsuo. Photo courtesy the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Stefani Matsuo performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
- Cincinnati Business Courier: "She’s an artist who possesses effortless technique, as well as a singing tone and an irresistible freshness of spirit. Each note of Mozart’s concerto unfolded with warmth and color. Her cadenzas – of her own composition – were inventive and stunningly played." (Listen to the performance by clicking here.)
Simone Lamsma performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
- The Irish Times: "The concert opened with a lithe performance of Korngold’s dangerously kitschy violin concerto by Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, with the orchestra delivering beautifully-judged support to her effortless-seeming, understated approach. "
Igor Yuzefovich performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra of the Music Makers.
- The Straits Times: "His performance was one of graceful, rather than unbridled, power, with silky, stylish sound throughout."
Pekka Kuusisto performed Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, "Concentric Paths," with the Aurora Orchestra.
- theartsdesk.com: "He played with flair, but without being flashy, really evoking the integral spirit of the piece. He ended the piece with a shivering wrist movement that caused an eerie, almost crooked sound, before leaving the hall in state of almost palpable silence."
Katherine Arndt and violist Cassia Drake performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 at the Sarasota Music Festival.
- Herald-Tribune: "There is a segment where the violin and viola must play in perfect synch. I have never heard a performance where it was done with such gorgeous tone and precision as here."
Finalists performed in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown, N.Z.
- New Zealand Herald: "It was Do Gyung (Anna) Im who came out on top, consolidating the judges' cumulative decision-making with a thoughtful Sibelius concerto. Her lingering Andante di moto was indeed beautiful..."
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