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Zankel Hall was the venue for a special concert entitled Laureates of the Sphinx Competition on May 3, 2018...The artists presented, in addition to being fine musicians, have dedicated themselves to furthering the mission of music by spearheading their own groups.

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Jeffrey Williams, New York Concert Review
American Composers Orchestra soars with violinist Urioste in Assad work at Zankel Hall

Its way of handling Clarice Assad’s 2009 “Dreamscapes,” alongside the violin soloist Elena Urioste, proved riveting.

Seth Colter Walls, The New York Times

Right from the opening tutti, which Urioste played along with the orchestra, her performance was joyful and congenial. She was profound without being pretentious in the first movement; lyrical without sentimentality in the larghetto; and playful without being frivolous in the final rondo. Her intonation was spot-on, letting the extremely high notes ring with an impressive resonance. Her impeccable technique allowed her to toss off the bravura passages with crispness and clarity, the softer passages with sublime sensitivity.

 

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Christine Facciolo, Delaware Arts Info

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 is nicknamed the Turkish on the strength of a few passages of the fashionable Janissary music in the third movement, but in terms of the impact at this concert it seemed an appropriate label. Acclaimed young American violinist Elena Urioste played with immense style, negotiating extended cadenzas with poise and precision while giving a chamber music feel to the work ... Urioste commanded the elegance of the rondo minuet and the sprightly variations while the cellos and basses used the wood of their bows to echo the percussive effects Mozart achieved with larger forces in The Abduction from the Seraglio.

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Andrew Hirst, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (U.K.)

Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano...feels inevitably masculine, with a slow build and ultimate denouement that has Beethoven written all over it. But in Michael Brown, Elena Urioste, and Nick Canellakis’s careful hands, the piece became one of humor and intense, witty repartee. An electric, wild flirtation flew through the air between violin and cello for all three movements, drawing a few smiles and wide eyes ...

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Lucy Gelman, The Arts Paper (New Haven)

At Urioste's talented doing, [the Tchaikovsky concerto] was extremely exciting. In fact, competitively, it was one of the most energetic and sensational live performances you'd want to hear, anywhere.

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John Shulson, The Virginia Gazette

Violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown...are polished, immensely self-assured prizewinners who come from prestigious musical backgrounds...Urioste produces her full-bodied, slightly grainy, always pleasing sound with a physical ease that reflects her long-standing interest in yoga. She is capable of the most exquisitely hushed soft playing, the kind that grabs the heart and holds on to it. Brown, who is also a composer, is an intelligent and musical pianist. 

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Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post

A superb performance of the popular Mendelssohn Violin Concerto featured spectacular playing and deeply satisfying interpretation by guest artist Elena Urioste...Ms. Urioste’s brilliant reading of the Mendelssohn concerto, with its energetic and idiomatic passages for the soloist and soaring themes characteristic of that composer, was enhanced by the rich sonority and carrying power of the 1706 Alessandro Gagliano instrument, of which she is the beneficiary through a loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

 

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Charles Spining, Arizona Daily Sun

The three young soloists were outstanding — Elena Urioste, violin, Nicholas Canellakis, cello (and the brother of the conductor) and Michael Brown, piano. They played with great familiarity with each other's technique, the cellist being the strongest of the three. Canellakis was, in fact, outstanding in his playing, with a sweet tone and vivacious accuracy. 

The most interesting music was with the soloists, whose intricate melodies blended so well, while the orchestra mainly was accompaniment, except at crucial loud tutti sections.

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Priscilla McLean, Times Union

But the clear audience favorite was violinist and former Sphinx Competition winner Elena Urioste, guest violinist in Saint-Saens' "Havanaise" for violin and orchestra. Again, the crowd went wild twice. Once after learning the music hails from Cuba and again after experiencing Urioste's dashing, virtuoso performance.

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Zachary Lewis, Cleveland.com

Guest violinist Elena Urioste played with precision and passion.

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Peter Tonguette, Columbus Dispatch

The sighing lyricism that pervades much of the work (only the finale has a fast tempo) effectively showcased the warmth and richness of the violinist’s tone. Much of the solo writing lies well above the staff, and it is the angelic quality of Urioste’s upper-register sound that lingers in my memory.

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Terry McQuilkin, Eugene Register-Guard

Elena Urioste's delivery of the Sibelius concerto was glittering from start to finish. From the shimmering opening of the first movement to the heavy technical demands of the last movement, her tone was beautiful throughout and her purity of intonation was incredible.

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Elaine Annable, Yorkshire News

Perfectly poised to take on these qualities was violinist Elena Urioste, whose poetic mastery of the concerto’s personality switch was a joy to behold.

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Alan Sherrod, Knoxville Mercury

In the Barber, their work was more than matched by a breathtaking performance by violinist Elena Urioste, who played it as through it were coming from her own soul. Her playing of the "Andante," second movement of the concerto was beyond masterful and exquisitely beautiful.

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Harold Duckett, Knoxville News Sentinel

Urioste's technical prowess was matched by her instinctive sense of expressive phrasing. She made the devilishly difficult passages look simple as she danced at a breakneck pace along the fingerboard, scaling it end to end. Her fingers seemed at times to leap frog one over the other. She was going so fast at times that you didn't dare blink for fear of missing out on a mystical moment of music-making.

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Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star

"The soloist was Elena Urioste, a 29-year-old phenom who proved why her star is on the rise. She possesses a warm, bright tone that balanced impeccably with the orchestra, frequently soaring above Korngold’s thick orchestration."

"Urioste revealed her brilliant technical abilities along with her consistently sweet sound."

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Michael Huebner, artsBHAM

I have not previously listened to a violinist as expressive as Urioste when it came to the use of soft dynamics. This was apparent from her very first measures, which is one of the trickiest opening gestures in the violin repertoire. She knew exactly where she wanted her stress points to be and how to withdraw from them to a level that was practically a whisper. This is one of those “warhorse” concertos that all violinists must master; but Urioste personalized her approach to deliver an interpretation like no other.

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Stephen Smoliar, San Francisco Examiner

The soloist, Elena Urioste, played with an enchanting, sweet tone and shapely phrasing. There was an unaffected purity and naturalness to the trills that are sprinkled all over the solo part.

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Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

December’s truly exciting performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” at Burlington’s Flynn Center was pretty difficult to top, but Sunday afternoon’s concert at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland did just that ... A big part of it was Elena Urioste’s beautiful and exciting performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto in b minor, Opus 61. The 20-something virtuoso and Marlboro Music Festival alumna played with a maturity and a depth that belied her age.

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Jim Lowe, Times Argus

"Her veiled delivery of the final phrases came straight from another world of mystery."

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Paul Corfield Godfrey, Seen and Heard International

"...BBC new generation artist Elena Urioste was the warm-toned soloist in Korngold’s violin concerto."

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Rian Evans, The Guardian

“Urioste's finely spun violin tone... with its quick vibrato and poignant quiet gave [Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1] an unexpected sense of vulnerability...”

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Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune

"Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major featured the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio, young award-winning musicians who wowed the audience with their musicianship and stage presence."

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Elaine Hopkins, PeoriaStory

Urioste boasted a beautiful sound and dazzling technique.

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Paul Hyde, Greenville Online

"The players... delivered a focused and musically intelligent reading."

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Ben Hogwood, classicalsource.com
Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto ... got a performance that was both thoughtful and, in the finale, virtuosic. Urioste is currently a Radio 3 new generation artist, an American whose name betrays her Mexican-Basque roots, thus epitomising the very diversity of cultural references being explored in the series. Her fine tone and focused musicianship made their own mark.

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Rian Evans, The Guardian
David Cowley played the oboe solo at the beginning of the second movement with exquisite phrasing in one of Barber’s most sheerly beautiful melodies; Urioste responded with playing of superbly controlled resonance. Read More...
Paul Corfield Godfrey, Seen and Heard International
The full house responded enthusiastically to the program; perhaps some conversions to serious music were made. Read More...
FLOYD GINGRICH, Examiner.com
I was completely smitten by the performances of violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Gabriela Martinez. Read More...
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