Reviews


Hai-Ye Ni "A dazzling performance.. her rapturous string tone is a warm forward, superbly focused sound that combines with near-flawless intonation to produce melodic phrases of heart-rending eloquence. Ni's technique is rock-solid... a performance of utter directness and majesty - broad and discursive in the opening movement, taut and forceful in the second. The rhythmic verve and easy virtuosity that Ni brought to the middle-movement cadenza were magnificient."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"That girl plays with spirit, searching and personal strength"
- Yo-Yo Ma

"A fully grounded sense of style... The work's demands gave Miss Ni an opportunity to display a stunning technique and, more crucially, to show that she regards technique as a means, not an end."
- The New York Times

"The sensational thing about [Miss Ni's] playing was her radiant, singing tone"
- Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

"...sounded like the youthful Yo-Yo Ma... a technique that simply took no account of difficulties... with a beautifully controlled cantabile line, soulfully expressive... brightly aware"
- The Washington Post

"The duo of Ni and Eschenbach refused to trivialize the music; instead, cellist and pianist found the individual character of each vignette, sustaining... an unbroken lyrical line"
- Chicago Tribune

"This playing was extraordinary... that unique meld of elegance and pyrotechnics... a certain splendor"
-South China Morning Post

"Though she has impressed audiences consistently, her musical growth is still surprising. Ni's gentleness and refinement were winning, exquisitely attuned to the work's style and personality. Her tone and intimate idea of the piece were lovely, her command complete."
-San Francisco Chronicle