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Yolanda Kondonassis

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Yolanda Kondonassis press reviews

“American harp virtuosa Yolanda Kondonassis proved an outstanding advocate for Alberto Ginastera’s fiendishly difficult Harp Concerto, making the most of the work’s drama and intensity while showing her technical command of the instrument along with the musical imagination of a great artist.“   - Ginastera Concerto, Spokane Symphony, The Spokesman-Review, November 23, 2009

“During the huge climaxes, powered by surging strings and winds, the harp is anything but a sweetly ethereal instrument. It’s wild and bold. So fearless is Kondonassis’ virtuosity, and so assured is the orchestra, that a question springs to mind: Could this CD be the San Diego Symphony’s first Grammy contender?“   - CD Bright Sheng, Never Far Away, The San Diego News Network, August 25, 2009

“Yolanda Kondonassis was a marvel of incisiveness and passion in the harp sonata, which was written for her in 1995.“   - Donald Erb Tribute Concert, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 31, 2009

“Guest harpist Yolanda Kondonassis was splendid, making a brittle aggressiveness as palatable as the delicacy of her soft phrase shaping.“   - Ginastera Harp Concerto, Lexington Philharmonic, The Lexington Herald-Leader, February 16, 2009

“Kondonassis, who is a brilliant and expressive player, did her part with great flair.“   - Bright Sheng Concerto w/Leonard Slatkin, The Dallas Symphony, The Star-Telegram, January 25, 2009