"Her powerhouse performance was fresh and commanding in nature. Da Silva Chen is constantly developing as an athletic and thoughtful virtuoso. ...Here, a beautiful pursuance of line and intricate collaboration with the orchestra made for some fine moments."
- Sydney Arts Guide (Sibelius Concerto)
"At the heart of this program, however, was a stunning performance by Da Silva Chen and Leske of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata, written in 1968 for Russian virtuoso David Oistrakh. With a dark, smouldering sound, Da Silva Chen maintained a compelling intensity throughout the first movement. ... [She] brought a barnstorming ferocity to the second, Leske unleashing whirlwind piano figures. The drawn-out desolation of the finale – against the grim white-out of the Utzon Room windows – brought the piece to a shivering end."
- Limelight Magazine
The highlight of the concert was the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto played by violinist Anna Da Silva Chen. The liquid romantic tone poured from her instrument as if it was no trouble at all. ... The fiendishly difficult rapid passages had youthful exuberance and brilliant tone, and slower passages were richly dark and sonorous. Her masterful control of dynamics, articulation and phrasing were sympathetically supported by the orchestra."