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!"
“(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."
“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
“One was transported beyond the furthest planets during Yaple-Schobert’s solo piano recital”
"...inciting a flood of applause from the audience...Liszt
performed flawlessly... standing ovation worthy performance"
"(Yaple-Schobert) managed to make it clear that it was Beethoven he was playing and not Haydn or Mozart."
"...flair for Grieg's idiom. Each of the pieces
was appealing taken for itself..."
“Yaple-Schobert, piano, demonstrated mastery
of his art…the Concerto in D Major by Haydn was played with
all the subtleties…”
"You lived up to and went beyond every expectation
we had of you!"
"... what a fine programme you gave us -- wonderful music very well performed."
“I do know that the concert was a delightful experience for those I have spoken to, and was certainly uplifting!”
“The performance was a wonderful treat-people are sure talking about it!”
“We are very grateful that you were able to come and perform for us in Sioux Lookout.”
"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."
"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
"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!"
"We thoroughly enjoyed your performance. It was an excellent
choice for programme and your enthusiasm for the reportoire was
most evident. Thank you again."
"These Improvisations come across as very intelligent
renditions by a performer who loves Bartòk”.
“…conveyed clear emotions in this music very effectively…
music was always at the forefront...so full of life and fun…”
“Pictures at an Exhibition: grandiose with energy and
“Scriabin: playing that is filled with force and passion
as well as a staggering sonority.”
“Haydn: played with elegance and humour”
“Ginastera: spiritual performance”
“You have an impressive grasp of the music”
“Chopin Ballade 2: a very sensitive and moving performance”
“Chopin: played with a lot of imagination and poetry”
“He shows a wonderful enthusiasm, understanding and he
has a deep knowledge of the nature of this original kind of music
“I very well remember his excellent playing”
“Yaple-Schobert possesses an excellent piano technique,
a fine musicianship and a striking stage presence.”
“During the last few years, he has emerged as a highly
thoughtful and imaginative performer.”
“…outstanding artistic visions and an exciting
"I think you are IT!"
“…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.”
“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.”
“...let me heartily thank you for presenting a magnificent
programme. Your concert was thoroughly professional and of exceptional
“You got sound and nuance from that piano I am sure no
one has been able to coax from it…”
“…very considerable interpretive flair...”
“...thank you very much for the excellent concert you
gave. We were all very much impressed.”