Sheng Cai, Soloist " Old Warhorse " a Stallion in Young Hands "
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A brilliant young pianist, a soothing string-orchestra interlude and a sweeping symphonic outpouring rewarded a Kamloops Symphony audience on Saturday, Edward Grieg's Concerto for piano Op. 16 in a minor is considered a staple among pianists, often described as an old warhorse along the lines of Beethoven's fifth Symphony. Sheng Cai, Shanghai-born Canadian pianist gave it a fresh sparkle, his hand seeming to float effortlessly over the keys in quieter moments, his whole body quaking with force during strident parts.
He was tempted to perform a Liszt rhapsody to punctuate the concerto, but felt it was better to contrast the mood of the concerto with Sergei Rachmaninoff's somber Elegie in E-flat minor.
---Mike Youds, Daily Staff Reporter of BC Kamloops News, 2011
Ming Bao Press Reviews
Sheng Cai has Depth of interpretation in music and maturity beyond his age, and is rarely to be seen among talented pianist today.
---Ran Guo, Reporter of Ming Bao Press, July 2003