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The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective at Wigmore Hall

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective was launched in 2017 by the violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Tom Poster (incidentally, they got married last summer). For their Wigmore Hall residency they gathered a starry team of clarinettist Mark Simpson, bassoonist Amy Harman, cellist Laura van der Hejden, horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, violist Jean-Miguel Hernandez and double bassist Joseph Conyers.

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Jessica Duchen, TheArtsDesk.com

Urioste made her splash into the big leagues around 2004 and since has gone on to perform with just about every major music making machine in the world. She’s assuredly one of the top in the field.

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John Shulson, Virginia Gazette
Chineke! Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Urioste's purity of tone and rhythimic elasticity were enchanting.

Anna Picard, The Times (London)

The star of the show was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s G-minor violin concerto ... Elena Urioste made it absolutely her own, displaying a lightness of touch as well as a rich tone (particularly in the low-string passages and the cadenza in the first movement) that brought out to the full the piece’s charm.

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Barry Creasy, musicomh.com
Soloist and orchestra partner romantically in opening concert of Chineke! tour

Young Mexican-American violinist Elena Urioste, one-time BBC New Generation artist, proved the ideal soloist, revealing the Coleridge-Taylor concerto’s guilelessly generous heart with her ringing pellucid tone and heroically sustained high notes. The orchestra and German/Ghanaian conductor Kevin John Edusei relished the music’s full-throated romanticism just as much as she did, while giving space to her lyrical outpourings.

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

This 1912 work is exquisitely beautiful. It is proud, upbeat, tender, idealistic, memorable and deceptively tricky ...The American violinist Elena Urioste brought the work everything it deserves: a rich, glowing tone, rhythmic panache, shedloads of charisma and a tenderness that cradled the slow movement as if it were the most precious jewel in the world ...

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Jessica Duchen, Arts Desk

Meredith’s poem The Lark Ascending is kept alive nowadays mainly by the score of Ralph Vaughan Williams which it inspired. Perhaps the disappearing bird itself will soon need RVW’s lovely piece to help us recall, if not its song, the joy it once evoked. Elena Urioste’s marvellous playing gave us the poet's “silver chain of sound”, starting with the first truly quiet playing of the evening, so that we imagined a lark rising in the distance.

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Roy Westbrook, Bachtrack

Elena Urioste sees no difference between preparing to play the New York Philharmonic or the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. After this weekend, the renowned violinist can say she has done both."The perpetual motion finale of the Barber concerto was criticized by the original violinist for whom it was commissioned," said Howard Hsu, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra music director, "so the premiere was performed by someone else." Urioste has no reservations about the piece or its finale. She said it is the work she has probably performed most with orchestras.

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Dean Poling, Valdosta Daily Times

The London Schools Symphony Orchestra appeared positively inspired for its partnership of Elena Urioste. The Barber Violin Concerto poses several problems for soloist and orchestra. From those first bars, it was clear that Urioste and conductor Richard Farnes were as one, allowing the music to speak and express the composer’s originality and expressive character.

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Robert Matthew-Walker, classicalsource.com

Elena Urioste drew out the expansive themes of the first movement before an explosive cadenza. The shimmering opening to the slow movement was conveyed with supreme sensitivity, with intimate passages of gossamer lightness.

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Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo

The collection of classical pops they have recorded includes vintage arrangements by Fritz Kreisler and Jasha Heifetz and is unashamedly romantic, but always stays on the right side of cloying ... There’s not a seasonal tune on it, but Estrellita is the Christmas gift to please just about anyone.

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Keith Bruce, The Herald (Glasgow)

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.)

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

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
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