Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

The top highlight of the first half, though, was Katherine Chi who dazzled in Sergei Prokofiev’s “Third Piano Concerto.”
… Chi, winner of the 2000 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, tossed off Prokofiev’s fiendishly difficult part as if it were child’s play.
The standing ovation was justly deserved.

Hamilton Spectator | February 7, 2016

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Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra

Chi brings the house down

KATHERINE Chi made a triumphant return to the stage of our Community Auditorium in the third Masterworks Concert of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO).

Her performance of Grieg’s A minor piano concerto was the high light of the concert…

These great piano concertos, because they are familiar to our ears and readily engage our emotions, can seem simple or old fashioned when we hear them. But, matched to the right orchestra and conductor, they become fresh, alive and vibrant.

Add a superior soloist and the music will move you profoundly. That is what Katherine Chi, conductor Leslie Dala and our TBSO musicians did on Thursday evening.

Chi knows this piece inside and out and her attention to both power and delicacy was superb.

But it is the superb performances that all of them, collectively, gave us in the Grieg piano concerto that will be my lasting memory.

Chronicle Journal | January 30, 2016

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Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Red Deer Symphony

Chi, without a doubt, deserved all the appreciation. For 35 minutes, the award-winning Canadian soloist kept the crowd riveted during her passionate performance of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor, along with the combined orchestra of 80 musicians.

The difficult piece required Chi to deliver delicate melodies, interspersed with bursts of muscular chording. The pianist managed to pull off both extremes with great sensitivity to the composer’s musical mood swings. Her performance was a marvel of precision and artistry, eliciting a brilliant spectrum of emotive sounds from her instrument…

All of the musicians, led by RDSO music director Claude Lapalme, pulled together beautifully to create a stirring listening experience — which well merited the second of the night’s standing ovations.

Red Deer Advocate | May 1, 2014

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Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Programming two-piano recitals takes derring-do because of so many ways a performance can go wrong…

But there also must be artists of matching musical intelligence and psychological inclination regarding the score. Gluing it together, of course, is ceaseless practice, with synchronized precision the starting point.

On Wednesday night, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival concert at a full Dalton Center Recital Hall brought together these essentials for a compelling two-piano performance that will remain with the audience for a lifetime. Kirill Gerstein, 2010 Gilmore Artist, and Katherine Chi, rising Canadian pianist, combined for a blazing performance…

… Gerstein and Chi make a wonderfully matched duo. Each has technique to burn, but also taste that does not lose beauty in pursuit of precision alone. Katherine Chi proved herself a top-tier pianist whose excellence helped highlight Gerstein’s incredible talent. Finally, their performance reinforces our need for more duo-pianist programs.

Kalamazoo Gazette | May 1, 2014

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A rare experience of complete unity involving Katherine Chi, piano soloist; Lopez-Gomez; the musicians, and the audience evolved during the performance of Manuel de Falla’s impressionistic glimpses of his homeland in “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.” Chi’s range of expression on the piano was the perfect textural spice to the lush orchestral sounds of Symphoria.

Lopez-Gomez drew exceptional energy from the musicians on De Falla’s mysterious, sensuous, dramatic exploration of three-gardens. The music ranged from tender to tumultuous, and Chi’s expressive touch conveyed every nuance of emotion at the keyboard. Lopez-Gomez set a brisk tempo which, in the final five minutes produced scorching sounds from the full orchestra in exchanges with the romantic melodies of piano and strings. Chi’s technique was ethereal in the final, fading conclusion of the 26-minute piece. She cemented her place in the hearts of the audience when she rose from the piano bench and drifted to Lopez-Gomez, extending both her hands to grasp his and, with the slightest bow, thank him. The audience roared in appreciation…

Applause at the final stop of the Latin music tour was fervent for Symphoria, the soloists–including Zachary Hammond, oboe, and Alina Plourde, English horn– Lopez-Gomez, who conducted all but the de Falla without scores, and the captivating Chi. This was a concert that warmed hearts and left people wanting more.

The Post-Standard | January 25, 2014

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