piano4 Returns for Concert Saturday
"They're guilty of 'rippling arpeggios, thunderous octaves and scintillating fingerwork' said one reviewer. Another reviewer in Wisconsin said their show left the audience 'with heart palpitations.' After last year's performance, hearts of Piano4 fans in Lafayette are yearning for more. 'We had a great turnout last,' said Mary Jo Booth of Chorale Acadienne. 'That's why we brought them back. It's going to be great entertainment.'"
Herman Fuselier, The Daily Advertiser (LA)
piano4 Performs in Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
"With four Steinway grand pianos clustered on stage, Piano4 not only gave superbly pianistic performances of music ranging from the classics to the Broadway stage, but produced a breadth of sound across the stage that was virtually orchestral and of a kind not to be expected from the focused voice of a single instrument. The program ranged from the intensely serious to the light-hearted whimsical, with a few comic turns by the performers to vary a tightly paced production."
Esko Townell, music critic, FASDV (PA)
Fantastic Foursome Super-sizes Piano Sound
"What was most impressive about Saturday's performance, however, was the intuition and ensemble playing of the group members. Every piece offered a new challenge, ranging from intricate tempos to fluctuating dynamics."
Ashley Hassebroek, Omaha World Herald (NE)
piano4 a Grand Way to End LCPA Season
"Each had excellent technique on the instrument, that's a given. Each was unique, which allowed them to have their own sound...they made it seem easy to play difficult music, and easy to play together, even when blending the four to bring together the sounds of some of the greatest music..."
Chris Harris, Commonwealth Journal (KY)
piano4 Tickles 352 Keys, Audience at Outer Banks Forum
"The seven-plus octaves of each piano combined into an uber orchestra of colors and shadings, creating a rich tapestry of sound...Piano4 gave transparent readings of tricky material like Leonard Bernstein's 'Overture to Candide' and Gershwin's 'American in Paris,' and achieved a lovely, orchestral performance of Johann Strauss' 'Blue Danube Waltz.' An der schonen blauen Donautranslates as By the Beautiful Blue Danube, a title that proved perfectly apt. "
Peter Hummers, Outer Banks Onstage (NC)
piano4 First 2005-2006 Season Concert Delightful and Enchanting
"After a standing ovation for the Piano4, the audience was delighted and rewarded with hearing four of the finest pianists in the world please everyone with the 'Flight of the Bumblebee' played on four grand pianos, leaving everyone with some heart palpitations."
Beverly Connor, The Fox Lake Representative (WI
"On Saturday, November 21, 2004, piano4 performed an afternoon and an evening concert in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. This enormously talented group, blending four grand pianos and 40 fingers, enthralled two sold out audiences...
Each of the four pianists is a virtuoso and the combination of their efforts was beyond belief. Their playing of the ingenious arrangements featured rippling arpeggios, thunderous octaves and scintillating finger work. piano4 performed enthusiastically and their enthusiasm extended to the audience who gave them a standing ovation at each performance...thrilling!"
Sonya Levinthal, Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission (CA)
"On behalf of my daughter, my daughter's mother and myself I want to thank you for the opportunity that was afforded when she was picked to play the William Tell Overture with the fine pianists that evening. While all of the performers were excellent, she had the opportunity to play with Randall and they hit it off at rehearsal. He was a delight to play with and a bright spot for her. I am convinced that his encouragement is part of the reason that she has decided to continue her piano studies with renewed vigor and energy. Thanks again for a wonderful evening and for a life-changing event for our daughter."
Tom Dean, Keokuk Concert Association (IA)
“My goodness, it was so very nice having you here in Burley! I received many many nice compliments from folks on your program. They loved your selections, as well as being impressed by the incredible talent possessed among the four of you. It was just a very lovely evening you gave us…thanks so much for coming and for pleasing our people. Best of luck to you all on the rest of your tour.”
Susan Tuft, Mini-Cassia Community Concerts Association, Inc. (ID)
"piano4 gave us such a wonderful afternoon of music and memories. I had anticipated that they might play the Paganini Variations and was delighted to hear it again after so long, by 4 such wonderful pianists."
Carolyn Velez, former student of Vladimir Padwa, a member of FPQ (CA)
“Blockbuster performance…they grabbed the audience with their virtuosities and personalities and never let go. They really connected with the audience…long and vigorous applause after every selection. A great start to our 05-06 season.”
Ginny Andrus, Lakeland Performing Arts Association (WI)
"Everyone who heard the concert was richly rewarded and blessed. The program was so very interesting. Your presentation of the pieces enriched the listening experience, and the performances were outstanding. I have heard so many enthusiastic compliments from so many people. Thank you very much indeed."
A.E., pianist and teacher (VA)
"After hearing the piano4 performance in Pittsburgh I am inspired to write a fan letter ... I was amazed by your fantastically musical interpretations and creativity. The audience was enthusiastic and moved."
Lilly Blatt, member of Quintango & sister-in-law of Edward Edson, a member of FPQ (PA)
"I was so happy to receive the piano4 CD. Tears were running down my face because of the emotion on hearing these four pianists. I hear they're planning a Christmas album. Please let me know when it is ready!"
A.R., fan of Piano4 and FPQ (WA)