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Judith Ingolfsson

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Reviews

JUDITH INGOLFSSON press reviews

"In a taut account of Bach’s unaccompanied Sonata No. 3, Ms. Ingolfsson did a fine job of keeping the voices and relationships in the fugue clear and distinct, and she gave a sizzling account of the closing Allegro assai.  She ended with Wieniawski’s Fantaisie Brillante, a diffuse showpiece that invites a violinist to produce both fireworks and a singing tone, areas in which Ms. Ingolfsson had by then shown her considerable strengths."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"In the little more than two years since she played her debut here, Judith Ingolfsson has won major competitions and prizes.  When she played again Friday at St. Mark’s Church - the same setting as her debut - she showed that her recent experience has expanded her ability to let her music speak confidently and personally to listeners."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

"Violinist Judith Ingolfsson was superb in her straddling of Barber’s opposing impulses of romance and sobriety, and she displayed welcome earnestness and virtuosity in athletic passages."
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

"Ingolfsson brought her 1683 Stradivarius to Annapolis to play the Violin Concerto of Aram Khachaturian, a work full of pulsating rhythms, exotic folk melodies and eye-popping displays of technical fireworks. The performance was spectacular."
THE BALTIMORE SUN

"Guest soloist Judith Ingolfsson is a violinist whose star has risen, the winner of the prestigious gold medal in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998. She played the early upper-register strains of the neo-Romantic and arresting Violin Concerto in D by Korngold. Ingolfsson used every millimeter of the bow and dispatched upper-register scale runs with searing intensity. Most impressive was her ability to make the instrument sing, communicating emotion with an ethereal magic."
NEW HAVEN REGISTER

"The best was the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, played by the superb young violinist Judith Ingolfsson. She ingratiated her sound superbly with the ensemble; she was at once part of the orchestra, and above it. Her instrument projected a meaty, gorgeous sound in all registers, and Ingolfsson negotiated the lyrical melodies and the more agitated measures with soulful assurance. In the ‘perpetual motion’ third movement, she displayed the precise bravura technique that won her the top prizes at several prestigious competitions."
THE WICHITA EAGLE

"Judith Ingolfsson was featured in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, and she brought the house down. Santa Maria audiences know and appreciate exquisite performances."
SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS

"Judith Ingolfsson, a violinist from Iceland, played Barber’s Violin Concerto with just the right mixture of easy grace, sonic luster and patrician refinement."
THE WASHINGTON POST