Clavier Magazine - September, 2006
In visits to schools around the country, Kolb explains the value of studying music. "I want young people to understand how much the skills they develop will help them for the rest of their lives." Each year in addition to performing 65 solo recitals with repertoire by Beethoven, Liszt, and Samuel Barber, Justin presents music programs at about fifteen universities and thirty schools, speaking to small groups of elementary age children who have never studied an instrument. He also collaborates with students in band, orchestra, and choir programs.
"A Piano Recital Program With a Difference."
"The pianist's exuberance and confident attack on the keyboard tied his unusual program together."
"Mr. Kolb plowed ahead with engaging spiritedness and a flashy technique."
Alex Ross, New York Times
"It gives me great pleasure to hear this concerto (Schickele's Concerto for Piano and Chorus). Justin is doing a terrific job with it. He has to handle styles that range from Bach's cadenza in the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto to Lenny Tristano bee-bop."
Peter Schickele, Woodstock, NY
"Of the performances this listener heard, the liveliest was Justin Kolb's precisely articulated reading of the C major (Op. 2, No. 3)."
Allan Kozinn, New York Times
"Justin Kolb, decisive and persuasive at the keyboard, played the early Prelude at the start of a sequence of piano pieces that covered more than half a century and again proved Mr. Starer's stability of style."
Paul Griffiths, New York Times
"The artist gave evidence that his capability reaches beyond the standard of a virtuoso of our days."
Berlin, Die Welt
"He plays from the heart, with power where needed, yet with a tenderness that almost brings a sigh."
Springfield, Illinois Times
"It was an opportunity to savour first hand the commanding abilities of the techniques of brilliant American pianists Justin Kolb and Ann Schein."
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