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Saleem Abboud Ashkar reviews

Leipzig Gewadhaus Orchestra Tour - Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 - Chailly - September 2009

" The soloist on Mendelssohn's first piano concerto, Palestinian pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, performed with impressive style and panache."

Dick O'Riordan, The Post.IE, September 6th, 2009

"His playing twinkled with vibrancy, delved beneath the surface of lower notes, and then shimmered in the more languid passages. The final movement also prevailed, primarily because Ashkar effectively brought his exuberant playing to a momentary standstill in the space of just two notes, it felt as if he were capturing Mendelssohn's original intentions to the letter."

Sam Smith, MusicOMH, September 7th, 2009

"...Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto in G minor seemed to arrive in the heat of inspiration with bows fired and a sense of composerly authority in hte fingers of Saleem Abboud Ashkar... As for the cascading scintillation of the finale, Ashkar, like Mendelssohn, made it all sound so effortless."

Edward Seckerson, The Independant, September 8th, 2009

"Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 was played deliciously by Saleem Abboud Ashkar, as though he loved and respected the work deeply - and not merely as though he loved performing it. "

Hilary Finch, The Times, September 9th, 2009

Montpellier Symphony Orchestra - December 2009

"Virtuosic...(Abboud Ashkar) gave us a beautiful music lesson, full of poetry, stroking the piano he gave beautiful and delicate colours, without making us work hard."

Robert Sabatier, La Gazette, December 2009