Acclaim

 

"A pioneering force for harpists everywhere ..." – Textura

"[Kondonassis] seemed to make the instrument roar, whisper, wail. One almost forgot that the harp was being plucked." – Chicago Classical Review

"When soloist and orchestra interacted, Kondonassis hit hard via sharp attacks, tautly articulated rhythms and dramatic turns of phrase. Yet in more lyrical passages Kondonassis let the music breathe ..." – Chicago Tribune

"Kondonassis searches for the next great harp adventure the way Captain Ahab scans the horizon for Moby Dick ... A fearsome, athletic harpist, Kondonassis is out to demolish her instrument’s genteel image, even if she has to commission new music to do it."

Lansing City Pulse

"rock-star energy ... any notion the audience of nearly 1,200 at Tucson Music Hall held of the harp as an instrument of calm and serenity was pleasantly shattered." – Arizona Daily Star

"Yolanda Kondonassis is a harpist who handles the repertory of her instrument with considerable poise and musicianly energy . . . powerful playing." – The New York Times

 

"Exquisite sensitivity to timbre and shading . . . sparkling tone . . . both elegant and eloquent."

The Miami Herald

 

"As played by Yolanda Kondonassis with The Cleveland Orchestra last night at Severance Hall, the Ginastera Harp Concerto obliterated most notions of the harp as a demure pastoral figure happy to stand in the background." -– The Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

"An absolutely gorgeous program . . . Kondonassis has poise and sensitivity – if your hair doesn't stand on end, you're shaving too close." – The New York Daily News

 

"Among today’s concert harpists, Yolanda Kondonassis stands head and shoulders above the rest. What distinguishes her is her phenomenal technical prowess and radiant musicality . . . Kondonassis put her inspired artistry on display time and time again, mesmerizing her listeners and dispelling any doubt that she is today’s leading harpist." – The Deseret Morning News​

 

"Kondonassis began her musical life on the piano and it showed. I’ve seldom heard a more expressive harpist, able to vary her touch and expression from phrase to phrase, articulating solo passages with clarity and confidence, then changing her coloration completely for arpeggios and chords." – The Denver Post

 

"Kondonassis is as close to a superstar as harp virtuosity will allow. [Having her as a guest artist replacement] was a bit like going to the bullpen and getting Randy Johnson."

The Arizona Republic

“Kondonassis's colorful harp playing is smooth, resourceful, ever-musical.”

The Los Angeles Times

"Kondonassis played with technique, musicianship, and rhythm . . . an exquisite evening.”

The Washington Post

 

“A brilliant and expressive player” – The Dallas Morning News

“wit and imagination to spare” – The San Francisco Examiner

“Yolanda Kondonassis lived up to her impressive credentials . . . a triumph of virtuosity.”

The Milwaukee Sentinel

“. . . flat-out fabulous.” – The New Jersey Star-Ledger

“A dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment.”

The Detroit News
 

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Copyright 2019 Yolanda Kondonassis. Photography by Laura Watilo Blake, Mark Battrell, Robert Muller, Michael Cavotta.

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