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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, November 2018

His [Zhang] playing is always tasteful and deeply expressive without any exaggeration. He takes his place as one of the finest of this emerging generation of magnificent artists. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), October 2018

Tengyue Zhang won the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious events. His debut recital illustrates the moods, colors and techniques of the concert classical guitar from Baroque transcriptions to masters of the 20th century such as Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Tansman, and Brouwer. Despite being from very different backgrounds and time periods, several of the pieces share intriguing relationships in their use of variation form or thematic motifs and harmonic progressions. © 2018 WFMT (Chicago)

Timothy Smith
Minor 7th, September 2018

TY’s [Tengyue Zhang’s] range is fully explored again on the next track, “Variations on a theme by Scriabin” by Tansman, where he carefully navigates the melodic lines, and perfectly delivers the various motifs in the lower register. Throughout the Tadesco Caprices he enhances his range through carefully planned and effective use of rest strokes, achieving exceptional volume along with wonderfully full and rich tone. TY finishes with works from two of the greatest classical guitar composers of our time: Leo Brouwer and Sergio Assad, which are both performed with equal mastery. © 2018 Minor 7th Read complete review

Blair Jackson
Classical Guitar, August 2018

2017 Guitar Foundation of America ICAC winner Tengyue Zhang  (a.k.a. “TY”) is definitely one of the most talented young players I’ve come across during my nearly four years as editor of Classical Guitar. I don’t usually like to apply the adjective “effortless” to guitar playingbecause even at the highest levels it is anything but!however, every time I hear TY play, I’m struck by the extraordinary level of comfort and ease that his total mastery of his program communicates.

I know it’s only August, but this album is certain to be on my Top 10 list at year’s end; what a fantastic way to spend 63 minutes! © 2018 Classical Guitar Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2018

The Chinese-born Tengyue Zhang has been on the competition circuit for almost a decade, the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America International his recent success. Having begun his studies in China, in more recent times he has moved to New York’s Juilliard School of Music as a pupil of the celebrated guitarist, Sharon Isbin, the Guitar Foundation Competition being just one of three major awards he received in that year, including the success in Moscow. This is his debut recording and I presume the works he performs come from competitions as they are all pieces that will impress juries both in difficulty and in the widespread period of composition. I am sure they would have been pleased with the idiomatic quality of his transcriptions of music by Scarlatti and Bach, the disc eventually arriving at—from a time point of view—Leo Brouwer’s Rito de los Orishas with its unusual harmonies. The one work you may not recognise is Aquarelle by Sergio Assad, one half of the famous Brazilian guitar duo. It is a fascinating exploration of guitar sounds from an atonal world, the final toccatina a hugely demanding test of agility in both hands. Much has been written about the performer by eminent guitarists, with praise in abundance as to his remarkable technique. With Naxos’s fabulous Canadian recording team on hand, that aspect could not be in more safe hands. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

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