Vadim Gluzman plays Shostakovich's first violin concerto (translation)

05.10.19
Giancarlo Guerrero
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero , who has been fascinated by this music since he was a student, knows how to put the peculiarities in the right light. He is especially good at mastering the large, lingering, orgiastic increases that seem to come from nowhere and build up to an almost physical ache. In the seething soundscapes of the third movement one often feels as if in a catastrophy film, where the train rushes unstoppably toward the abyss. ... »

Two debuting artists are 'a joy to watch' at symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky

05.10.19
Ruth Reinhardt, Alexi Kenney
Omaha World-Herald

Reinhardt was a joy to watch leading the symphony. Her hands and baton commanded the music with surgical precision. Despite her impassioned accuracy, her face and movements were buoyant and gleeful. She brought a fresh and unique energy to the ensemble. […] The title piece of the concert, Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor” finished the evening’s program […] The execution was impeccable. The Omaha Symphony received an immediate standing ovation at the conclusion of a night full of great musical voyages.  ... »

It’s a Great Time to Be Conrad Tao

05.09.19
Conrad Tao
San Francisco Classical Voice

It’s not every musician who makes The New York Times Best Classical Music Performances’ list two years in a row (2017, 2018) — and then earns a slot on the paper’s 2018 Best Dance list, as well. But that’s precisely what pianist/composer Conrad Tao has done. At a mere 24 years old, this Illinois-born phenom has been dazzling audiences since his first recital at age 4. His hefty resume also boasts performances with orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, to name a few.

Along the way, Tao has also racked up fistfuls of awards, among them a 2012 prestigious Avery Fisher Grant and eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In addition, in 2011 he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and, in that same year, at age 17, Tao was the only classical artist named by Forbes magazine as one of “30 Under 30” in the music industry.

As a composer, Tao has been called “ferociously talented” by Time Out New York, with compositions commissioned by, among others, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. The millennial’s recital and chamber music schedule is packed, as well, with a 2017 solo debut at Lincoln Center and performances this past January with violinist Stefan Jackiw in Vancouver, Canada, and at the 92nd Street Y. This year continues to be a banner one for the nonstop Tao, who bowed with L.A. Opera in David Lang’s the loser in February and performed Schubert and Chopin with the Pacific Symphony in March. ... »