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Andrew Kraus’ hands literally flew…
Jun 17th, 2013 by Andrew Kraus

From a blog posting, “Music, Music!” at Creatively Christina of a recital with Monica Harwood, Soprano and Yeon Jee Sohn, Oboe, at The National League of Pen Women, Pen Arts Center, in Washington, DC, of the music of An-Ming Wang:

What a treat! The compositions introduced Chinese pentatonic music. Andrew explained how the music contained lots of fourths and fifths, and played parts of the first piece, “The Flowers” to illustrate. Pentatonic music uses a five note scale – played on the black keys of the piano. (Debussy used a lot of fourths and fifths.)

Wang An Ming’s “Fantasy on Sakura,” the first oboe piece, was absolutely beautiful. Based on an Oriental folk song, the 2012 piece featured a melodic oboe over a complicated piano accompaniment.

Monica Harward, with her light lyric soprano voice, tenderly sang “Laudamus Te” which contrasted with the amusing “Dazzling Jewels” song about a woman who loved trinkets and jewels. Monica’s body language and facial expressions captured the mood entertainingly.

But Andrew Krauss’s piano virtuoso was incredible. His hands literally flew, crossed over and intertwined in the final piece “Sea Scape,” which was a musical visit to the stormy beach. He said was “a monster to play” – challenging and intricate, but beautiful…”.

Accolades: “Bravo Shouted the Audience…”
Sep 3rd, 2012 by Andrew Kraus

From a review in the Diepholzer Kreisblatt on August 12, 2012 of a recital featuring eleven pianists, participants in Peter Feuchtwanger’s nineteenth international master class at the Musik Akademie Duemmersee in Huede, Germany, some nice words about my playing…

“Bravo Shouted the Audience”

“Andrew Kraus of [sic] Rock Will [Rockville] had the longest journey, [and this was his] second time taking lessons from [Peter] Feuchtwanger. With four short pieces: one by American [pianist and composer] David Saperton whose last pupil he was himself, [Cygnes Noir, by] the Frenchman with Hungarian roots Isidore Philipp, [and] the two Russians Eduard Schütt and Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov, Kraus delighted the audience with his virtuoso interpretation in Lemförde and inspired them to ‘bravo’ and ‘encore’…”

Accolades: In Dal Choi
Nov 24th, 2009 by Katherine Kellert

“He is a fine pianist, a true artist, and a very rare combination of virtuoso and collaborator.” –In Dal Choi, Vocal Area Coordinator, James Madison University School of Music

Accolades: Lily Kraus
Nov 24th, 2009 by Katherine Kellert

“He is a brilliant player and astonishingly versatile.” –Lily Kraus, former Artist In Residence, Texas Christian University

Accolades: Joan Dornemann
Nov 24th, 2009 by Katherine Kellert

“He is a strong pianist, with a solid virtuoso technique. In fact, I do not think there is anything he cannot do at a keyboard.” –Joan Dornemann, Assistant Conductor, The Metropolitan Opera

Accolades: Frances Blaisdell
Nov 24th, 2009 by Katherine Kellert

“I found Mr. Kraus to be a very sensitive musician, and I was greatly impressed with his flexibility, his brilliant pianism and his artistry.” –Frances Blaisdell, former Lecturer In Music, Stanford University

Accolades: Theresa Shykind
Nov 24th, 2009 by Katherine Kellert

“The music was interpreted beautifully, incorporating an aggressive rhythmic style as well as sensitive, flawlessly executed melodic lines and runs. –Theresa Shykind, Downtown Piano Works, Frederick, MD

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