Selected Reviews

“Barry Hannigan came up with a dandy program for his piano recital Thursday evening at Merkin Concert Hall. The music consisted of two of the most admired, large-scale piano scores of the mid-1970's. The question was, how would these hold up more than a decade after the fact…(it) worked on Thursday, a compelling, darkly evocative transcendence of technical ideas into expressive music.”
John Rockwell, New York Times
“Your visit to our area schools is referred to by our local school officials and teachers as the perfect residency. We were all pleased with your ability to interact with our students during the school days as well as during the weekend Masterclass. You left the students spellbound with your wonderful talents. Your concert of Rhapsody in Blue, Rachmaninoff and Ragtime was so pleasing that the audience as well demanded your return.”
Penny Gustavson, Titusville Council on the Arts
“Prof. Hannigan’s recent recital at Franklin and Marshall College was a huge success. We received many enthusiastic comments from students and faculty about his ability to generate interest in a wide variety of repertoire…it is rare to find a performer of such high caliber that has the ability to run a workshop or masterclass with such academic prowess.”
Prof. John Carbon, Franklin and Marshall College
“A persuasive advocate for an unusual bill of fare...he performed with security and a nice variety of touch...impressive leggero effects, a command of great crunches of sound, and a fine theatrical conclusion.”
Will Crutchfield, New York Times
“Impressive...a pianist and musician of refined sensibility. He performed with poise and a good amount of brilliance.”
Buffalo News
“One of the most engrossing and enjoyable performances of the musical season.”
Bethlehem, PA
“Pianist Barry Hannigan wowed the audience....convincing in terns of interpretive sensitivity, bracing rhythmic vitality and brilliant pianism.”
Carroll, MD
“The performance was charged with mystery and arresting drama from the opening....not only are the fingers fleet, there is a patrician elegance to his playing that comes from great intelligence and love...a most impressive recital.”
Springfield, MA
Hannigan’s playing was technically perfect and beautifully interpreted…brought the audience to its feet at the end.
Bedford Gazette   Read more >
With his extraordinary proficiency in avant-garde music, [Hannigan] deserves the widest possible audience.
Paul Moor, Musical America   Read more >
Hannigan ripped into two towering works with verve, splashy virtuosity and engaging energy…the stunning results mark it as a highlight of the year.
Denver Post   Read more >
Hannigan was a wonder to watch and hear. His performance was one of the best by any musician this season.
Richmond News Leader   Read more >

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