REVIEWS

For Duo Diorama

“Both players were terrific. Xu's fiddling featured spotless finger and bow technique, a keen feel for dramatic flair, and a big, sturdy tone free of forcing. Choi was a more than equal partner at the keyboard. His sound was lively and lucid, his digital work was immaculate, and his shaping of material showed insightful articulation of phrase and voicing."
New Music Connoisseur

"Choi is an intellectual when it comes to music. It mnifests itself in his handling of musical forms and of composers' styles and wishes. Xu is spontaneous, rhapsodic and romantic. Together, it is a wonderful dynamic."
- Victor Yampolsky, conductor

"An amazing pair of instrumentalists gave a concert at the Longy School of Music on October 25. Styling themselves Duo Diorama, they are the husband-and-wife team of pianist Winston Choi and Violinist Minghuan Xu. These young players have been concertizing together for a long time, and exhibit formidable virtuosity. Although they perform the standard repertory, they are especially committed to playing contemporary music, some of which they have commissioned themselves. On this occasion the program was entirely devoted to recent compositions, including several premieres. Technical difficulties pose no problems. They seem to be saying, “If you can write it, we can play it."
- The Arts Fuse

"The festival in Santos came to a finale in the best way possible, with the fantastic Duo Diorama. The Chinese violinist MingHuan Xu, and the Chinese-Canadian pianist Winston Choi, both have extraordinary communication and interpretative exuberance, not to mention the great freshness of the Duo's repertoire, with new composers and new horizons opening for music!"
- A Tribuna (Santos, Brazil)


For MingHuan Xu:

“She crested, plunged, broke surface repeatedly, exultantly"
Door County Advocate

“Violinist Minghuan Xu was stellar."
Pittsburgh Tribune

“Guest artist Minghuan Xu followed with a lovely refined rendition of Max Bruch's popular violin concerto... Xu showed impressive technique, passion, and intensity. And again warmth was the key word..."
Oak Ridge Observer

"Bright Sheng’s The Stream Flows for solo violin (1990) showcased the gorgeous, deep, woody tones of Ms. Xu’s Nicolas Gagliano that she plays with untiring precision, strength and clarity. The piece offers a lot of variety: raucous fiddling, eerie whistling, rough staccato pizzicato, sleepy lullabies, passages of sheer beauty, and a kind of playfulness that radiated from Ms. Xu’s face. Her virtuosity impresses."
Showtime Magazine

For Winston Choi:

"Pianist Choi was also the urbane sophisticate. Here and elsewhere, he was the musical partner of a soloist's dreams, the sensitive, can-do facilitator you'd always want at your side."
Palm Beach Post

"...sheer élan and pianistic devilment..."
BBC Magazine

"A gifted virtuoso, Choi maintained a relaxed, unwavering concentration uncomplicated by physical showmanship. The young pianist made the notoriously difficult work seem effortless, giving the audience the illusion that it would be impossible for him to stumble."
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"It is easy to be impressed not only by the skill level of his technique but by a poetry in the hands and heart"
Herald Times, Bloomington, Indiana