Scrolling down, you will find the following categories of reviews: media, presenters, competitions and community presenters. For comments from audience members, please clikc the Guestbook page on the golden banner at the bottom of your screen. Let's start with my favourite review:

"You know, I don't really like classical music and I attend only because of my wife, but you were incredible!"
- Anonymous "fan", Banff Arts Centre, Alberta

MEDIA:

“(Grieg CD) is a delight…The playing is confident and boldly self-assured, as befits the impassioned mood of the music…Yaple-Schobert treats with great finesse…demonstrates an impressive technique."
- The Whole Note Magazine, Toronto (full article click here)

 

“supremely sensitive...wonderfully romantic...from his fingers to our ears, this had passion and longing...played with strength and commitment...Yaple-Schobert pulled out all the stops in the heartfelt (Liszt) lament.”
- The Winnipeg Free Press, February 2012

 

 “One was transported beyond the furthest planets during Yaple-Schobert’s solo piano recital”
- Flensburg Daily (Denmark/Germany)

 

"...inciting a flood of applause from the audience...Liszt performed flawlessly... standing ovation worthy performance"
- The Clarion, Kindersley, Saskatchewan

 

"(Yaple-Schobert) managed to make it clear that it was Beethoven he was playing and not Haydn or Mozart."
- LakeSuperiorNews.com

 

"...flair for Grieg's idiom. Each of the pieces was appealing taken for itself..."
"...Carl Nielsen's Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3...lovely and concise, and well within the performer's ken."
- The Ottawa Citizen

 

“Yaple-Schobert, piano, demonstrated mastery of his art…the Concerto in D Major by Haydn was played with all the subtleties…”
- The Sherbrooke Tribune

 

PRESENTERS:

"You lived up to and went beyond every expectation we had of you!"
- Klass Tebens, Board Member Sarnia Concert Association

 

"... what a fine programme you gave us -- wonderful music very well performed."
- Bruce Owen, Artistic Director, Colours of Music Festival 2012

 

“I do know that the concert was a delightful experience for those I have spoken to, and was certainly uplifting!”
- Margaret Jeffries, Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

“The performance was a wonderful treat-people are sure talking about it!”
- Brenda Kidd, Golden Prairie Arts Council, Carman, Manitoba

 

“We are very grateful that you were able to come and perform for us in Sioux Lookout.”
- Carol Wood, Sioux Lookout Entertainment Series, Ontario

 

"We thoroughly enjoyed your concert, your relaxed stage presence, your great introductions to the pieces, your willingness to answer all questions, no matter how "uninformed" they might have been."
- Kindersley Arts Council, Saskatchewan

 

"Yaple-Schobert was so easy and informal with the crowd and spoke so well that he gained himself a lot of admirers...they'd been so happy to have things prefaced and explained so well. The audience was unanimous as to their delight: I would have no hesitation booking Derek Yaple-Schobert again and indeed have already recommended him."
- Sharon Miller, Programme Chair, Gananoque Concert Association

 

"We can understand why you have been called "the best of Canada's next generation of classical pianists". We were enthralled by your recent performance in Gananoque. What a night to remember! Your musical talent is outstanding, but your sensitivity as a person and your genuine love of the classics comes across too, and makes your music even more memorable. When you received a standing ovation, we hoped for an encore, and the interaction with the audience which followed was like the icing on the cake!"
- Patricia Anderson d'Addario and Sandro d'Addario, Gananoque Concert_Association

 

"We thoroughly enjoyed your performance. It was an excellent choice for programme and your enthusiasm for the reportoire was most evident. Thank you again."
- Bruce Owen, Artistic Director, Colours_of_Music_Festival 2005

 

COMPETITIONS:

"These Improvisations come across as very intelligent renditions by a performer who loves Bartòk”.
- National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, U.S.A.

 

“…conveyed clear emotions in this music very effectively… music was always at the forefront...so full of life and fun…”
- Stepping Stones International Category, Canadian Music Competition

 

“Pictures at an Exhibition: grandiose with energy and personality…”
- Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition

 

“Scriabin: playing that is filled with force and passion as well as a staggering sonority.”
“...works presented with virtuosity, fantasy and imagination, using all the possible resources of his fingers and of the keyboard.”
“A very exciting performance”
“Very convincing and very energetic”
- Canadian Music Competition

 

“Haydn: played with elegance and humour”
- Trois-Rivières Symphony Competition

 

“Ginastera: spiritual performance”
“Gade: I take great delight in discovering this music and especially to hear you play it so remarkably…”
- Québec Music Competition

 

“You have an impressive grasp of the music”
- Lakeshore Chamber Music Society Bursary Competition

 

“Chopin Ballade 2: a very sensitive and moving performance”
- Montreal Classical Music Festival Competition

 

“Chopin: played with a lot of imagination and poetry”
- Prix d'expression musicale, Marianopolis College

 

PROFESSORS:

“He shows a wonderful enthusiasm, understanding and he has a deep knowledge of the nature of this original kind of music (Carl Nielsen).”
- Anne Øland, Piano Professor, Royal Academy of Music, Århus, Denmark

 

“I very well remember his excellent playing”
- Irène Mannheimer, Swedish Pianist and Professor

 

“Yaple-Schobert possesses an excellent piano technique, a fine musicianship and a striking stage presence.”
- Boaz Sharon, Head of Piano, University of Florida

 

“During the last few years, he has emerged as a highly thoughtful and imaginative performer.”
- Luba Zuk, Piano Professor, McGill University

 

“…outstanding artistic visions and an exciting performer.”
- Marc Durand, Piano Professor, University of Montreal

 

"I think you are IT!"
- Rose Goldblatt, pianist †

 

COMMUNITY PRESENTERS:

“…your stunning performance. Not only is your music-making enormously enjoyable: we learn about unfamiliar music and composers even: you introduced me to Gade. Welcome back whenever you can: personally I can't hear enough of your music-making.”
- Harry Lane, President, Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada

 

“All the remarks afterwards- and there were many- were extremely positive. Marianopolis facutly and staff, special guests from other institutions, present and past music students. friends-all had a most enjoyable and inspiring evening.”
- Lillian Heron, Marianopolis College Alumni Concert Committee

 

“...let me heartily thank you for presenting a magnificent programme. Your concert was thoroughly professional and of exceptional quality”
- Shirley Rind Cohen, President, Women Arts Society of Montreal

 

“You got sound and nuance from that piano I am sure no one has been able to coax from it…”
- Edith Sanderson, University Women's Club of Montreal

 

“…very considerable interpretive flair...”
- Elizabeth von Eschen, President, Women Associates of McGill University

 

“...thank you very much for the excellent concert you gave. We were all very much impressed.”
- Karin Birnbaum, President, Canadian Nordic Society