"Of the soloists, it was BBC New Generation Artist Esther Yoo who owned the morning with a performance of The Lark Ascending that achieved an audience hush of a level that surely must be a first for an all-age concert"
Charlotte Gardner, Bachtrack
"And the virtuoso fireworks of the finale, which can trip up even the best violinists, caused her no trouble. It was altogether a wonderful performance which thrilled the audience, aware they were witnessing a star in the making."
Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph
"There are times when a standing ovation feels like a courtesy…This was not the case on Friday evening when the young violinist Esther Yoo had the audience on its feet. Dazzling technique, empathy and presence. Everything was there."
Lars Westin, Arbetarbladet (Gävle)
"In Yoo's hands, [Prokofiev's second violin concerto] turned into an engagingly fresh work: it was singing lyrically and [was a] beautifully long, shining and pliant cantilena with joyfully playing, sparking rhythms..."
Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki
"Yoo’s performance with the Hallé ... was simply sensational. ... Her performance shone with a brilliance that illuminated the familiar score and mesmerised the audience."
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The Z.E.N. Trio – featuring pianist Zhang Zuo, violinist Esther Yoo, and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan – releases their debut album on the Deutsche Grammophon label. This marks a reunion for the musicians, who first met as BBC New Generation Artists.