reviews
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"Amy Briggs Dissanayake offers elegant, ask precisely shaded accounts of Ms. Thomas's attractive Piano Etudes, order presented in three contrasting, find interrelated pairs."
New York Times

“Brilliant Chicago pianist Amy [Briggs] Dissanayake dispatches them with a kind of elegant ferocity that takes your breath away.”
Chicago Tribune

“Amy [Briggs] Dissanayake does a splendid job projecting the music's wit, and her unflappable virtuosity makes even the densest writing sound effortless.”
Classics Today

“Expertly performed by Amy [Briggs] Dissanayake, an intrepid pianist…clearly more than at home in Rakowski’s welter of demands.”
Gramophone Magazine

“[Briggs] plays…with great aplomb and musicality”
American Record Guide

“Amy [Briggs] Dissanayake, a protégé of Ursula Oppens, brings fire and beauty to this fascinating material”
Fanfare Magazine

“…ferociously talented pianist…”
Chicago Sun-Times

“…dashing virtuosity…”
Chicago Tribune

“...extraordinary in [her] mastery of what lay on the dense, printed page, and beyond.”
Chicago Tribune

“…une versione ascetique et sensuelle…”
La Republique du Centre, Orleans, France

“Her youthful exuberance, technical excellence, and an obvious joy in sharing her considerable artistry with others, combined to produce performances of great quality.”
United States Information Service

“...technical and artistic mastery...”
The Times of India

“Tres eclectique...une pianiste virtuose...”
Midi Madagasikara, Antananarivo

 

Recently in the blog: new videos!

Rakowski Concerto No. 2 with BMOP a smashing success!

The world-premiere of Davy Rakowski's Piano Concerto No. 2 with BMOP in Jordan hall last January was a hit!  Read the Boston Globe Review here, the Boston Classical Review here, the Boston Musical Intelligencer review here , and the New Music Box review here!  We recorded the entire concerto for the BMOP/sound label, and are looking forward to a release in early 2015.  Stay tuned for more info.

David Rakowski Piano Etudes Volume 4 is in the can!

I recorded 22 more etudes - Books 8 and 9 and two etudes from Book 10 - this past June at the American Academy of Arts and Letters with the fabulous engineer Judith Sherman.  See new videos in the blog, as well as photos from the sessions and new Davytude videos.   Don't miss Chase, etude for piano and celeste which was filmed with a GoPro video camera strapped to my forehead!

University of Chicago Chamber Music Intensive with Spektral Quartet 

This past July I teamed up with the Spektral Quartet for a 4-day chamber music intensive at the Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus.  We had a great turnout: 21 enthusiastic musicians, many of them music students or adult amateurs.  Our final concert included works of Mozart, Beethoven, Faure, and Smetana.

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