"A sneak peek at potential stars": Rutgers Pianists Gala earns praise by "New York Concert Review Inc."

Student musicians in the Rutgers Piano Program earned the praise of Rorianne Schrade, reviewer for New York Concert Review Inc., who attended the Rutgers Intenational Pianists Gala on Monday, May 8, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Schrade wrote that the annual concert "gives us a sneak peek at some largely undiscovered potential stars."

Among other students, Hui Diao was called out for her performance of four selections from Eight Memories in Watercolor (Tan Dun), played "with visible immersion and finesse"; Michael Bulychev-Okser was cited for his "considerable strength" playing Liebesleid (Fritz Kreisler/arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff) and The Nightingale (Aleksandr Alyabyev/arr. Franz Liszt); and Junko Ichikawa was noted for her "well-phrased, thoughtful interpretation" of Sakura-Sakura (Kozaburo Hirai).

The concert featured 18 musicians from 14 countries, "a virtual United Nations," Schrade wrote, with the "gifted and gracious artistic director, pianist, and teacher, Min Kwon, at the helm."

Read the full review here.

Photos by Soyeong Park

Posted May 2017