"In both the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 the Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques, Chi
not only played with technical brilliance but an almost romantic musicality that
enhanced the performance of both works." [Columbus Symphony with Zeitouni]
"Katherine Chi, a most elegant
player...Chi’s performance was delightful — polished technique, satisfying
phrasing, a lovely knack for making each and every note sing out."
[Beethoven & Ries Concertos with the Grand Rapids Symphony and conductor David
valiantly stepped in and appeared unfazed by the situation's added
pressures... she is blessed with no shortage of talent and adroitly
handled the concerto's considerable technical demands."
[Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3, with the Colorado Symphony]
"remarkable not only for her command of the brilliant passages but for the
beautiful shaping of the melodies. Chi was able to bring out the rich sentiment
of the music, but avoided the pitfall of sentimentality. Everywhere there was a
control of rhythm and pacing that gave the performance a remarkable sense of
majesty and Olympian grandeur." [Rachmaninoff Piano Concert #2, Calgary
"Ms. Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence
and a powerful arsenal of technique."
The New York Times
playing was electric, alternating between ricocheting expressionism
and mechanistic intensity."
The Boston Globe
“...not just the most sensational, but, better,
the most unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev Third I have head
The Toronto Globe
"...her playing is all warmth, power, command
The Boston Globe
"The Comeback Kid"
Toronto Globe & Mail
"Difficult Russian concerto handled with aplomb"
"Pianist Calls Attention to Vivid Contrasts in
New York Times
"Chi plays with control and warmth"
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San Antonio Express-News October 2012 San Antonio Symphony with conductor
"grace, intelligence and marvelous expression"
Richmond Times Dispatch
Richmond Symphony with conductor Danail Rachev --
Letter V - Virginia Classical Music Blog February 2012
Richmond Symphony with conductor Danail Rachev -- “bright tone, energy,
precision and clarity”
Intelligencer September 2011 -- with flutist Paula Robison -- "a
formidable musical duo”
Dispatch March 2011 Columbus Symphony and conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni
-- "technical brilliance... romantic musicality"
Grand Rapids Press/mlive.com Feb. 2011
Grand Rapids Symphony and conductor David Lockington -- "delightful —
polished technique, satisfying phrasing"
Showtime.ca October 2010 "control and warmth" -- Katherine Chi with I
Musici de Montréal
Third Coast Digest
June 2010 Katherine Chi with the Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee
Telegram May 2010 "lickety-split technical dazzle"
April 2009 "Chi's playing was electric”
November 2009 --
Stockhausen's Mantra at the Gardner Museum
Intelligencer November 2009 ”one the best concerts of this young season”
June 2007 Calgary Philharmonic -- "a remarkably compelling pianist"
2003 Colorado Symphony Orchestra --
Opus Pocus [CD Review]
"Although there is not a hint of clowning in her stage presence, Katherine
Chi's treatment brought out all the fun in this outrageous piece, as though the
spirit of Victor Borge were in the hall." Showtime.ca