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 “Bring it on, Makrokosmos”

                                                                      – Oregon Arts Watch, July 20th, 2017
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“This is creative music making of an extraordinarily high level.”

– The Art Music Lounge, June 1st, 2017
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“Stephanie & Saar were lively, engaging performers, and their ensemble playing impeccable.”

– Oregon Artswatch, November 21st, 2016
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“[Bravo, Stephanie and Saar]

Stephanie & Saar’s last night’s performance once again recalled all the epithets of elegant and innovative, that have been following them throughout their career…. By conceiving their program from a standpoint of contemporary art curators, and by searching for the new piano sounds through the prism of pieces by composers of entirely different characters and compositional styles, the Duo’s performance in the best possible way reflected the motto of this year’s SCMF, “Out of the Box”, – thinking outside the norms. ”

– Radio Sarajevo, August 28th, 2015
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“It was one of 2015’s peak Oregon musical moments.”

– Oregon Artswatch, August 9th, 2015
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“Aside from their impeccably calibrated ensemble work on all levels, Ho and Ahuvia bring a mindful, chamber-like aesthetic to these scores in terms of motivic interplay, balances, and dynamic scaling.”

– Classics Today, February 19th, 2015
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DUO Stephanie & Saar preview: Cosmic dances
Piano pair performs starry works by American composers.

– Oregon Artswatch, February 10th, 2015
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“Now concerts and recordings abound from such stellar ensembles as US-based Stephanie and Saar.”

– International Piano, Nov/Dec 2014
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DUO’s CD “BEETHOVEN DIALOGUES” is reviewed in the Sep/Oct 2014 issue of International Piano.

– International Piano, Sep/Oct 2014
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Beethoven Dialogues is selected Album of the Week on New York’s WQXR FM.

– June 22nd, 2014
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“The duo fused bravura and elegance in perfect measure.”

– South Florida Classical review, June 22nd, 2014
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“I can’t imagine that anyone, Bach purist or modernist, would object to such persuasive playing”

– Audiophile Audition, August 8th, 2013
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4-Piano “Rite of Spring” at (Le) Poisson Rouge is reviewed in The New York Times.

– The New York Times, June 14th, 2013
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DUO’s CD “BACH CROSSINGS” is reviewed in the Chicago Reader.

– Chicago Reader, July 20th, 2012
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DUO’s CD “BACH CROSSINGS” is reviewed in the Music and Vision’s CD Spotlight series.

– Music & Vision, July 19th, 2012
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“The duo showed a real feel for this repertory. Lines sang out clearly, and pedaling was always perfectly judged.”

– Oregon Artswatch, July 26th, 2012
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DUO’s CD “BACH CROSSINGS” is reviewed in the May-June 2012 issue of International Piano.

– International Piano, May/June 2012 issue
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DUO’s latest CD “BACH CROSSINGS” release event concert reviewed in Huffington Post.

– Huffington Post, March 31, 2012
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DUO is featured in the January-February 2012 issue of International Piano.

– International Piano, Jan/Feb 2012
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DUO with Jenny Lin at (Le) Poisson Rouge

– New York Times, July 21st, 2009
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“These well-matched artists found considerable expressive depth… drew out the piquant imitation of organ sonorities… ”

The Baltimore Sun, April 28th, 2010
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“…Their wide-ranging repertoire and intellectual curiosity is extraordinary…”.

Musical America, 2011
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“… and the outstanding Israeli-born pianist Saar Ahuvia’s brilliant duo with Stephanie Ho adds convincingly spiritual Yiddishkeit to even the arch-Catholic music by reactionary Frenchman Olivier Messiaen on a new CD, “Visions,” a must-hear for all piano fans.”

The Jewish Daily Forward, June 1st, 2010
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“The vividly virtuosic duo Stephanie & Saar played music by John Adams, Gershwin,  Herbert Deutsch, and their phenomenal two-piano version of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrouchka, a prodigious feat of memory and near orchestral color. ”

– Oregon ArtsWatch, August 7th, 2011
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“Side by Side on the Piano Keyboard”

Stephanie and Saar made an appearance on WNYC 93.9 FM New York Public Radio’s “Soundcheck” hosted by John Schaefer, Friday, March 7th, 2008

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