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Elena Urioste
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Acclaim
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...
There Stands the Glass - Kansas City's original music blog
Urioste was as lovely to watch as she was to listen to. In the first movement her sound was pure, mellow, and controlled. During the cadenza, Urioste played dual tones and excruciatingly high notes that were attacked with confidence and vigor. Read More...
Laura Alexandria, The Muskegon Chronicle
Virtuoso Elena Urioste brought the house down with her fiery playing of Camille Saint-Saëns‘ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor for Violin and Orchestra.” . Read More...
Patrick D. McCoy, Washginton Life Magazine
She powered through the concerto with a sophisticated balance of youthful ardor and cool grace, and in the most technically challenging movement, the 2nd, or Larghetto, she reached fiery heights. Read More...
Donald Munro, Fresno Beehive
Her technique is virtually flawless and seemingly effortless, even when tackling devilishly difficult passages.

Her approach in the first movement was crisp and commanding.

The slow second movement began with lustrous beauty which carried throughout. Its closing theme was intimate and delicate and enveloped the listener in its delicacy.

The artist's deeply expressive range was displayed throughout, but never more than in the poignant final movement.

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ALAN ADAMS, THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The excellent performance of Urioste [in the Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 15, of Benjamin Britten with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Maximiano Valdés conducting] was poetry that emphasized the lyricism of the concerto and that reminded us of the importance of the voice in the music of Britten… In the vivace, Urioste was restrained virtuosity, serving every musical ideal. A magnificent performance. Read More...
Luis Hernández Mergal, El Nuevo Día

"it was the “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla that really stole the show. Or rather, it was violin soloist Elena Urioste who stole it. A drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor, Urioste tossed off the work’s captivating tangos and sly quotes of Vivaldi almost flirtatiously, as the Sphinx players provided precise and electrical accompaniment. It was an exciting and virtually flawless performance that brought the audience to its feet".

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Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post
While the “Ghost” moniker comes from the eerie second movement, I felt a chill all the way through, even in the first movement when the piano octaves of the second theme, for example, crept along like a incorporeal apparition. The ominous quality of the exposition was gently resolved with Mr. Brey’s sweet delivery in the recapitulation. Both Mr. Brey and Ms. Urioste’s playing demonstrate a delicate tone, which was never thick, gestured or aggressive. Read More...
Seth Lachterman, The Berkshire Review
"Urioste was a riveting presence. She performed in bold strokes, alternately fiery and poetic, and she displayed the technique that earns worldwide acclaim."

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Thomas B. Harrison, Press Register
"She is a very refined and sensitive musician with a deep reserve of technical ability. So she's really able to put forth an incredible amount of musical power and energy with real purpose." Read More...
Thomas B. Harrison, Press Register
"...Urioste's sense of wonder, as if the drama of the piece were unfolding before her, carried the day."
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ANNE TIMBERLAKE, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Walker’s “An American Concerto” (1995) employed rock, folk and jazz idioms as guest violinist Elena Urioste soloed with great style in the three-movement whirlwind. Read More...
BRYANT MANNING, Chicago Sun Times
"Urioste delivered a stylish and tasteful performance..." Read More...
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
This [Gwyneth Walker's An American Concerto] amiable, neatly crafted fusion of rock rhythms, folk melody and jazz riffs went down easily, thanks to the sleek virtuosity of the terrific young violin soloist, Elena Urioste. Read More...
John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune

Ms. Urioste's spirited, playful account of Mozart's Rondo in C (K. 373) quickly established some of the attractions of her sound and her interpretive personality. Chief among them are a thoughtful approach to dynamics and the kind of clearly defined articulation that emphasizes a score's essential energy.

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Allan Kozinn, New York Times
Burning up the Stage!
Watching an emerging soloist burn up the stage in the most standard of repertoire is more than just a momentary thrill -- it's something that reminds you how renewable classical music should always be. And what took Elena Urioste's performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto a step beyond that Sunday with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia was the kind of collaboration you can't count on with busier musicians on a subscription treadmill.
David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer
As [Elena] Urioste noted in her remarks, soloists must find the right balance between Romantic emotion and classical form when they play the Mendelssohn concerto; they must be "passionate but elegant."

Urioste produced an exceptionally intense, high-voltage first movement without violating her ideals and followed it with a slow movement that added dark weightiness to the sweetness and poetry of Mendelssohn's score. Conductor Dirk Brosse and the orchestra [The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia] gave her the kind of support that surrounds the soloist with a meaningful context and makes you aware of significant details, like the cheery little comments from the woodwinds in the finale.

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Tom Purdon, Broad Street Review

Last Thursday, more than 200 music lovers came to hear violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Zuill Bailey, and pianist Ben Loeb perform; imagine the smiles when Bailey, Pro Musica's artistic director, announced that violinist Joseph Silverstein would join this illustrious group -- a big bonus for music lovers at the museum.

Urioste, a stunning young woman, played the technically demanding Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor by Eugene Ysaye, who wrote six violin sonatas, each dedicated to to a famous violinist. This one-movement sonata, dedicated to Romanian George Enescu, is a bravado work and Urioste provided the impressive gypsy-like flourishes.

For dessert, Bailey and Urioste performed the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia. The work, based on the last movement from Handel's Harpsichord Suite, was originally arranged for violin and viola by Halvorsen. The violin and cello arrangement was a delicious conclusion to the noontime concert.

Ruth Taber, El Paso Times, Jan 25th, 2011

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Ruth Taber, ElPasoTimes.com
Elena Urioste, Center of the Performance

For her debut performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto in Würzburg, Germany on December 2nd and 3rd, 2010, Anthony Bramall conducting:

The center of the performance, however, was the [24] year old violinist, Elena Urioste, who played on a violin made by Alessandro Gagliano in 1706. Despite her youth, she was able to please the audience [in the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Wurzburg Philharmonic, Anthony Bramall conducting] with her highly expressive stage presence, her cool, elegant style, and her rich tone. Her beguilingly played "Estrellita" encore resonated long into the ensuing intermission.

Sudwest Presse (Wurzburg, Germany)
Elena Urioste, Star of the Evening

For her debut performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto in Würzburg, Germany on December 2nd and 3rd, 2010, Anthony Bramall conducting:

The star of the evening was the [24] year old Elena Urioste. The manner in which the violinist presented the famous Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius [with the Wurzburg Philharmonic, Anthony Bramall conducting] was simply first rate. She played one of the most popular pieces by the Finnish national composer with sensitivity and alertness in the first and third movements and melodious sensitivity in the middle one. The [American] virtuoso savored the rich sound quality of the excellent instrument on which she intrepreted this piece from the late Romantic period.

Urioste used the warm tone of the instrument crafted by Alessandro Gagliano in 1706, illuminated especially in the Adagio, most notably in passages relying on the G string. The young virtuoso also proved that she can also play in a different style: she presented the most hair-raising passages in the first and last movements nearly perfectly. A delightfully heartwarming plus was the lovely appearance of this outstanding soloist.


Frank Kupke, Main Post (Wurzburg, Germany)
Urioste, with a ripe tone and wonderful technique, poured out all of the open emotion in the single-movement concerto. Read More...
David Hendricks, The Music Beat - My San Antonio
Urioste and her Gagliano violin poured out a huge, gutsy sound, with a focused high register of surpassing sweetness. Read More...
Mike Greenberg, Incident Light (Blog)

Max Bruch's 1st violin Concerto......the heart and soul of the evening's performance....

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Eric Grunder, Stockton Record
Mark Elder inspires CSO
"The gifted young violinist, Elena Urioste, in her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, charmed the audience with her lyrical sensitivity. For this performance she traded her Gagliano fiddle for the famed, $18 million, 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, on loan from Chicago's Stradivari Society. The sweet yet refined sound she drew from it was every violinist's dream come true."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
CSO: young violinist has a dream debut
"Remarkably, [Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending] is receiving its first-ever Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances this week... If we had to wait this long, however, then it might as well have been to hear Elena Urioste, just 23, in her CSO debut... A totally poised performer, Urioste also understands what it takes to play a piece marked by such humility. If anyone has played solo pianissimos at Orchestra Hall with the hypnotic delicacy that Urioste offered, I must have been away. She already has a challenging and highly varied repertoire. Let's hear her again soon."
Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times
Elder, CSO bring sterling advocacy to Elgar's majestic Second Symphony
"Most violinists would likely prefer to make their Chicago Symphony debut with a splashy concerto but in its intimate fashion, Elena Urioste's performance of Vaughan Williams' gentle tone poem was as compelling as any Romantic barnburner. From the hushed rustle of her opening bars, the 23-year old violinist played with inward delicacy and expressive poise, her communicative performance aided by the sweet, penetrating sound of the $18 million "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri, on loan from the Stradivari Society for these concerts. In the closing cadenza, Urioste's barely audible fade into the distance could not have been more sensitively rendered, the young soloist winnowing her tone to a barely audible filigree."
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
Guest artists put passion on display
"Two guest artists are at Keinhans Music Hall this weekend, glamorous young violinist Elena Urioste and guest conductor Christopher Wilkins. Both are bright, engaging and passionate... Urioste is a young artist with poise and a disarmingly direct manner... She poured her heart into the lovely Glazunov [Violin Concerto]. Her tone was rich, warm and confiding. The beautiful themes soared."
Mary Kunz Goldman, The Buffalo News
Symphony Impressive on a wide range of works
"The first movement [of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto] is so large and demanding, and Urioste played so magnificently, that the audience burst into lengthy applause at its end. This didn't prevent her from immersing herself in the music of the second movement, which she played like a mother's evening song... Even at top speed, each of Urioste's notes [in the third movement] was crisp and clear. With what must surely be a waxing musicality and strength, Urioste is poised for a successful career."
Angela Lehman-Rios, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Stamford Symphony plays Mozart by the numbers
[Ms. Urioste] played with a charismatic naturalness, and articulated the sense of spontaneity and gentle humor in this music ...

... She also wrote her own cadenzas, spinning ideas together that were separated in Mozart's complex circuitry.

Jeffrey Johnson, The News-Times

The overall feel was of understated elegance and the true beauty of the evening, excellent music aside, was that after five minutes of playing the audience had forgotten race and was enthralled by some superb young artists. The performances were as good as you would hear in any hall in America and several of the soloists may be seen on all of those stages before they are through.

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Glen Creason, Los Cerritos Community News

"An African-American girl came up to me after I played and she told me, almost in a whisper, like she didn't want anyone else to hear, 'I didn't know African-Americans played the violin.' I told her I didn't know that either when I was a kid."

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Christine G.K. LaPado, Chico News & Review
The orchestra gave a shapely, sumptuous reading of the first movement from Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, with Damon Gupton conducting, as well as a vigorous, unconducted performance of the Presto from Mozart's Divertimento in F (K. 138). Read More...
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
[Elena] Urioste is an unmistakably talented young performer just beginning what will no doubt be an exceptional career.

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D.S. Crafts, Albuquerque Journal
From the strikingly beautiful extemporized version of the "Star Spangled Banner" to the emphatic finale of Michael Abels' "Delights and Dances," the debut concert by the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra yesterday in Orchestra Hall was an artistic triumph and a marvel of institutional collaboration. Read More...
Sally Vallongo, Toledo Blade

.... the gifted young violinist Elena Urioste took the musical vocabulary into murkier densities in Jean Sibelius' demanding "Concerto in D Minor for Violin and Orchestra," Op. 47, with an unerring performance that disguised its technical virtuosity.

... Urioste's performance illustrated why Sibelius' concerto is nothing short of a redefining of what the concerto genre could be and what a virtuoso violinist could do.

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Harold Duckett, Knoxville News Sentinel
"...violinist Elena Urioste... offered a passionate, virtuosic rendition of the 'Ballade,' Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 3 for solo violin."
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
"Urioste sent a husky, warm sound spinning through the historic hall in a virtuosic performance [of Piazzolla's 'Winter in Buenos Aires']."
Sally Vallongo, The Toledo Blade
"At times Urioste seemed to be channeling the great David Oistrakh as she gave an extremely emotional performance of the demanding [Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto]. Her deep, lush sound; her clean passage work with each note an
individual, sparkling drop; her confidence and delicacy all point to a great artist at the beginning of what should be a successful career.
Susan L. Pena, Reading Eagle Correspondent
"The final offering was the guest appearance of a brilliant up-and-coming violinist, Elena Urioste, who dazzled the audience with a luminous and exciting rendition of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major...Urioste's musical identification with the composer's intention was breathless. Furious tempos and two extended solo cadenzas were flawlessly executed, and the seamless communication between soloist and orchestra was exquisite."
Dick Jaeger, Journal and Courier
King Tribute Heats up a Fridgid Night
[Elena Urioste] played with virtuoso flair ...
Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer
Elena Urioste gave a richly toned, passionate account of the solo violin part in Leonid Desyatnikov's orchestral arrangement of the sultry ''Invierno Porteño'' from Piazzolla's ''Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas.''
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Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
[Elena] was sultry-sweet razzle-dazzle in Franz Waxman's "Carmen Fantasy"
Pierre Ruhe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Elena Urioste ... played with the seamless, creamy tone and phrasing that made me long for the quiet and controlled acoustics of a great concert hall. She appeared at ease and assured beyond her experience and thoughtful beyond her years. Her collaboration with [Maestro] Gupton seemed both comfortable and full of energy. It would be good to hear more from her." Read More...
Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post
Melissa White and Elena Urioste brought energy and an appropriately acidic tone to...Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins (Op. 56), and they were joined by [Gareth] Johnson and a fourth violinist, Trevor Ochieng', for the lively give and take in the first movement of Vivaldi's Concerto in B minor for Four Violins.
Allan Kozinn, New York Times
Urioste made her Cleveland Orchestra debut Tuesday at Severance Hall...Her debut piece was Chausson's Poeme, Op. 25, and she played it beautifully...Poised and sleek in an elegant gown, she drew warm tone from her historic instrument...Urioste commanded the attention of the large audience in slow, unaccompanied passages...the lyrical music sounded lovely.
Wilma Salisbury, Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Hartford native showed all the promise and spontaneity of youth. Her tone, sweet and fluid, brought Brahmsian emphasis to the cadenza...Urioste's future is surely one to watch.
Matthew Erikson, Hartford Courant
From the wings, Elena Urioste's confident figure at center stage is striking...There's a level of brilliance to her technique that lets her expose the heart of the music...[Urioste] delivers a winner's performance of the allegro from Mozart's fourth concerto. And there's only one word for her playing this evening: ravishing.
George Tysh, Detroit Metrotimes
The hit of the evening was guest violinist Elena Urioste...who is phenomenal. Only 16 years old, she has unusually fine technique and finesse and plays with tremendous dramatic effect. She is also drop dead gorgeous, which doesn't hurt a thing. She is someone whom we just may be happy to say, "I heard her when."
Caryl Huffaker, The Kennett Paper