A review of Sara Ma playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Sarah Ma, 11, performs Mendelssohn Concerto with the NY Sinfonietta!  It was an exhilarating performance!  Here is a review from the Epoch Times.

The Mendelssohn Concerto

Sarah Ma, only 11 years old, is the recipient of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s special Young Artist Award. Seeing her diminutive stature, I expected, at best, a competent child. I could not have been more wrong.

Sarah is a true prodigy. She has been playing the violin since age 6; the past two years at the Manhattan School of Music. It is amazing that she has reached this level of technical proficiency and musicality after only five years of study. Her performance of the finale of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto was exhilarating and genuinely thrilling.

Sarah played with a radiant innocence at a ferocious clip that an adult would be hard-pressed to match, but never sounded rushed. Her performance was buoyant and ebullient, with Mendelssohnian effervescence and a tasteful balance between the music’s classic and romantic elements. Her phrasing was unerring. Conductor Paul Hostetter and the orchestra provided stalwart support.

Sarah has fleet fingers, a rich tone, and a warm vibrato. Her incisive bow control is very advanced. Her command of up-bow staccato defies belief.

I found her inspiring playing and interpretation to be extraordinary for her age; indeed, for a violinist of any age. It was a tantalizing glimpse of potential future greatness.  

-Epoch Times / Michael Sherwin