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Kelly Hall-Tompkins

  • Violinist


Kelly Hall-Tompkins press reviews

Attention concert presenters!...Here is an artist who deserves not just a hearing but fame itself...Right from the start in the Kreisler (for violin alone), it's clear that Hall-Tompkins is beyond technique. She has a firm presence and... she leans into phrases, giving them plenty of breathing room...The introduction to Sonata 3 is a long, anguished sigh with recitative-like rubato and long pauses, expressively wrought with rich tone colors as it works up to an intense flowing finale... In brief, she compels you to listen. —American Record Guide

Kelly Hall-Tompkins plays Kreisler's tribute to Eugène Ysaÿe...with a tonal mastery, a technical command, and a strength of personality that justify the CD's title "In My Own Voice"... Saint-Saëns's piece, and Hall-Tompkins's performance of it, demonstrates its timbral and general musical potential... Taken as a whole, the recital represents a significant achievement in stylistic adaptability...Recommended. —Fanfare Magazine

Hall-Tompkins plays with obvious enthusiasm... everything's solid...and in her capacity for taking chances on unfamiliar material, Hall-Tompkins serves notice that she's a young violinist to be watched —