Christian Reif receives top praise for Mostly Mozart Festival debut

Christian Reif receives top praise for Mostly Mozart Festival debut

Christian Reif with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Mostly Mozart Festival on August 2, 2018 (Photo credit: Primo Artists)

Christian Reif made a highly successful NYC debut last week at the Mostly Mozart Festival, presented by Lincoln Center!

He led the International Contemporary Ensemble on August 2nd in a program that featured John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music at the Gerald Lynch Theater.

The concert was highlighted in New York Magazine’s July 23rd issue as one of 25 events “To Do: July 25–August 8, 2018”. Readers were encouraged to go see Reif lead ICE on a program of late-20th-century classics including Grand Pianola Music. Also on the program was George Lewis’s newly revised 1987 Voyager and Courtney Bryan’s duet for piano and YouTube videos Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying.

The concert received unanimously positive acclaim by critics and audiences alike:

Blog Critics praised: “Christian Reif of the San Francisco Symphony conducted with brilliant energy in his New York conducting debut, eliciting one of the fiercest performances of ostensibly minimalist music I’ve ever witnessed.”

Zeal NYC wrote: “On the podium, Christian Reif, a protege of Michael Tilson Thomas, brought clarity and shape to the work.”

While in New York, Christian also stopped by The Violin Channel offices to record a video segment that will be released soon!