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Young Pianist impresses at Toronto Symphony Orchestra Debut
Sheng Cai brought to the concerto some of the same qualities embodied in Pollini's approach, from a clear, singing tone to a subtle sense of rubato to a judicious choice of thempi......This is a young man with real talent.
--William Littler, Toronto Star July 2004
Pianist Sheng Cai tackles Ravel , Liszt with Condfidence
Pianist Sheng Cai has guts, who else but a self-assured, overachieving 19-year-old would program Ravel's famously difficult"Gaspard de la nuit" then offer Liszt's finger-twisting barn burner,... 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.
--- Michael Huebner, Birmingham News of Alabama March 2007
Cleveland Play-House, Cleveland, Ohio USA
By contrast, Sheng Cai revealed much of the pieces's spirit, capturing both the circus aura and endearing qualities (Stravinsky)... Persuasive in Haydn which received a fine array of dynamics and nuanced details....
--- Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland and Plain Dealer August 2007
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