REVIEWS

"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)

"...a stunning, virtuosic performance of Ysaÿe's Solo Violin Sonata Op. 27 No 2, by Anna Da Silva Chen. From delicate pianissimos to the gritty lower register of the fortes, this was a wonderful performance - the double-stopped counterpoint of the second movement was achingly beautiful."

Limelight Magazine 

"Da Silva Chen performed with scintillating flourish and a confident flair. Her blend between dazzling technique and intelligent lyricism was a delight."

- Sydney Arts Guide (Tchaikovsky 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."

Classikon

"Da Silva Chen’s violin gleamed at the upper end of the spectrum, over the earthier motoring of the ensemble in the first movement. ...[She] led a thrumming finale with power and verve."

- Limelight Magazine (Mendelssohn String Quintet No 2)

 

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