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Pianist Sheng Cai tackles Ravel, Liszt with Confidence, in Birmingham USA
Pianist Sheng Cai has guts, who else but a self-assured pianist, would program Ravel's famously difficult "Gaspard de la nuit" then offer Liszt's finger-twisting barn burner,the Don Juan Fantasy...,he has racked up some solo engagements with orchestra as well...... he's done it on the strength of romantic-era music, with great confidence, temperamental piano, impressive for its bravura... gave more lucidity, breath, color and power...
Hornby Music Festival, British Columbia April, 24 2017
The Hornby Festival was graced with an outstanding recital by the Canadian pianist, Sheng Cai. A note-perfect artist of infectious vitality, Mr. Cai turned in a Petroushka that was a tour de force in its range of color and imagination, one of the best in living memory.Schumann's effervescent Carnaval concluded a program of masterful virtuosity and lyric distinction.
Sheng Cai's recital was a model of impeccable taste and impressive bravura. This pianist has a penchant for Humoreske of Schumann, displayed in his searching and vivacious reading of the Op. 20 .The concert ended with an extravagantly virtuosic Rudepoema by Villa-Lobos, signaling Sheng Cai as an exuberant young performer to watch.
---William Aide, Inaugural R.E.Edwards
Chair in Piano Performance, University of Toronto
---Michael Huebner, Birmingham News of Alabama 2006