Comments on Nordic Passion CD:
(for comments on LIVE performances, please scroll down)
"Thank you so much for wonderfully played piano music.
I'm always touched when a foreign artist records Danish composers,
and when it's done by an excellent artist like yourself I'm honoured.
I so much like your "Six Character Pieces" by Hartmann."
"We haven't stopped playing it and we both love your selection of pieces, your delivery, and how the selections fit together. Bravo!! ...I was terrifically moved by your showcase at OSAC" Saskia and Darrel de la Ronde, January 2008
"You are really talented. I find there is like a warmness
in the way you play and also a bit of mischiefnous...Like you are
breaking the rules a bit, even though, technically, I don't know
what the rules are. It just seems like there is more energy in your
music then in the way other pianists play."
"The manner in which you play can only attract attention
and "éveiller tous nos sens". Your music is full
of magic, freshness, beauty and intensity."
"Willy and I are so very pleased to have your new CD and
thought you might like to know how much we are enjoying it. We think
the piano sound is marvellous. We wish you further successes!"
" Oh my goodness!!! Your CD arrived here yesterday and
I've been playing it all yesterday and today It is SOOOO wonderful.
I can't begin to tell you how much pure pleasure it has been giving
Helen and me. You are unbelievable."
"Min mor har fået din CD Derek og hun er helt vild
"Det er en fornoejelse at lytte til din CD, saa jeg vil
gerne goere en indsats
"Your CD is wonderful. I enjoyed listening to it very much
and will listen to it many times more."
"It was such a wonderful experience listening and watching
you play in concert, and that piano had such a smooth and complete
sound. I have been listening to your CD at the studio and at work
(when time permits!) and find it inspiring especially with this
series of landscapes which I am painting. You are a very talented
pianist! The mix / choice of music on the CD is a perfect blend.
"We just listene to the first broadcast. It was amazing.
You have skills. We can't wait until the next broadast. We will
Comments on LIVE performances:
"BRAVO for a terrific concert!"
"An outstanding performance! Outside on the street talk was
of the glorious performance. Congratulations!"
"You are truly an amazing pianist and I thoroughly enjoyed
"Your recital was great and enjoyed by both Vicky and I.
"Just want to tell you how very much my friend and I enjoyed
the concert. I loved seeing you perform the pieces I know fairly
well from the CD we have, and the Nielsen was an unfamiliar delight.
My friend felt she had been introduced to interesting "new"
music, excluding, of course, the familiar Lyric Pieces by Grieg.
In addition, may I compliment you on the ease with which you presented
"I would like to thank you again for a great concert last
Friday. It was fabulous. I really enjoyed it."
"I attended the concert Northern Highlights and I enjoyed
it very, very much. You play beautifully and I keep listening to
the record I purchased last summer.
"I really enjoyed your concert last Sunday. As I mentioned
to you afterwards, several of the pieces brought me to tears, which
is how my spirit reacts to beauty, so thank you for such tender
and evocative playing. I'm very glad to have heard you.
"You gave a really fine recital yesterday in Waterloo.
It was a very persuasive demonstration of the enormous range of
Grieg's writing for the piano, in the Lyric Pieces of course but
also in the Sonata, as well as the piano version of the Holberg
"Thank you for a wonderful recital last night. It was so
nice to see you again (first time was in Grimsby in 2004). My brother
came with us this time especially to hear the Holberg. I knew he'd
be impressed. He was not disappointed!! We loved the whole program.
Very much enjoyed your question period too....so pleasant and interesting."
"You're suuuperb...even more lovely to realise that you
are one marvellous talent. It was so fortuitous that I had lunch
with an old friend on Friday and saw your name and asked if I could
be her guest. Anyway, in an overcrowded profession you are way up
there all you need is the luck to hit the heights. As I said I went
to St James's last week to the Claire de Lune event and that pianist
was not a patch on you. I wrote you a poem but it's not good enough
yet!!! Good luck."
"Vi svømmer helt hen over din dejlige musik som lyder
gennem vore stuer, og desuden ser vi dine fingre danse hen over
tangenterne så små danserinder. Du er utrolig dygtig
og vi er taknemmelige over at hve fået et lille indblik i
"The concert was fantastic, an absolute SUCCESS. All of
us -Ingeborg, Irmtraud and yours truly -enjoyed every minute."
"I wanted to congratulate you on such a fabulous evening.
I`m really pleased I made it."
"What an awesome evening yesterday, the koncert was fantastic
and it was a really a good idea with the question part. Stort tillykke
med din først CD".
"Derek's CD launch / concert was absolutely spectacular!"
"Thanks for such an inspiring evening."
"I was very impressed with your performance, you are playing
really well! The audience
"I have never heard "Kjempeviseslåtten"
(Ballad of Revolt) played as well as (Yaple-Schobert) did for the
Lakeshore Chamber Music Society in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue 2 years
"You have a natural talent and the spirit is there".
"Thank you for an outstanding performance on Friday night,
it was awe-inspiring. I look forward to the next time with great
"...a brilliant piano and poetry performance..."
"You truly communicated the beauty of the music with warmth
and style; we loved and were inspired by every minute of it."
"Just wanted to thank you once again for the incredible
performance on Saturday. I had one of those magical moments where
the beauty of the music and the elegance of the playing transported
me into the most interesting realms of reflection and where the
sounds caused the evocation of intense emotions and contemplations.
Even over the past 6 months, since I last heard you perform, your
skill has grown exponentially and you held me completely mesmerized
from start to finish. I look forward with the greatest anticipation
for the next concert."
"Derek!!! You were simply unbelievable yesterday!! Your
playing was, as always, superb and so was your stage presence. You
proved to be a first-rate host, giving interesting and useful short
introductions to each of the program items, in excellent French
and English, and Danish too, which I assume was equally impressive.
You were a considerate and helpful colleague to the ladies who sang
and read poetry selections, and they seemed to value your expert
assistance as highly as did the audience, which was clearly dazzled
by this young artist who had been entrusted with such a large and
varied part of the program. Felicitations!"
"Talk about blowing my mind. You ROCK - always have, but
yesterday cemented it for me. World class!!"
"Loved your recital in Grimsby! I can still close my eyes
and hear every note!"
"Bravo Derek! A stellar performance! Everyone loved your
lively selections, warm communications with the audience and, of
course, the brilliant playing. Thank you for the memorable evening."
"Your playing reveals a new star on the music horizon. You
have earned the freedom to express yourself by rising far above
your technique. I heard Glen Could’s first concert in Montreal in the 50’s and the debut of Ashkenazi. I find no limits to your potential.”
“Your recital was truly magnificent-an enthralling experience;
not only because you played with mastery and grace, but because
you played as an artist. Franck was something transcendental, pure
exaltation". “…your impeccable pianistic technique
and obvious mastery of your instrument but even more, the strong
and expressive feeling of your phrasing. I confess that I had never
heard any music by Niels Gade, and his name was unknown to me, but
the Sonata you played by him was my favorite…”
“...your comments were just the right length, both in
English and in French… I was really captivated by César
Franck ‘s Prélude, Choral & Fugue.”
“…a joy to hear such a magic and dynamic performance!”
“I marvel at your complete mastery.”
“The second movement of the Concerto in D Major (Haydn)
really spoke to me.”
“I enjoyed every minute of it, (Yaple-Schobert) was absolutely
“You gave me a wonderful, wonderful evening”
“Tusind tak for den fornøjelig aften forleden freday
med dejlig Grieg musik...”
“Vi havde fornøjelsen… og glædede
os over såvel musikken som de ledsagende kommentarer.”
“You know, I don’t really like classical music and
I attend only because of my wife, but you were incredible!”