Live reviews of Andrea Lam’s stunning performances of Rachmaninov’s piano concerto no.2 with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Cottis:
- “… expressive, lush Romanticism, and with very likely the best balance between orchestra (and it was quite large) and soloist I have heard in quite a long time.
Also something I have not heard in a long time was the sensitivity Lam put into her performance. It was, at one moment, heart-wrenching, at another bold and assured… The Adagio movement was the highlight of the performance … packed so full of emotion… This was tear jerking stuff.
The finale was thrilling, with orchestra and soloist building to a conclusion that, unsurprisingly, brought cheers and thunderous applause from the large audience.” [4.5 stars]
– Limelight Magazine, May 2021
- “Soloist Andrea Lam began impressively with a slow and steady crescendo rising powerfully to meet the entry of the strings…. a mighty crescendo and a dazzling cadenza“
– Canberra Times, May 2021
- “Australian-born, New York-based pianist Andrea Lam has been noted internationally for her “melting lyricism” and “thrilling virtuosity”. In her performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No.2”, the audience saw and heard why her reputation is so glowing. Lam is the real deal. She can and has held her own on concert stages in several countries and across Australia. She caresses the piano with a sensitivity that would make a lot of pianists jealous. And, she has fire, passion and a focus”
– Canberra CityNews, May 2021 (live review, Rachmaninov piano concerto no.2 with CSO, cond. Jessica Cottis)