Adrian Lucas and the CBSO transformed and redeemed themselves completely with a quite delightful and finely-considered account of Constant Lambert’s “The Rio Grande”… topped by Katharine Lam, who played the ebullient piano solo with glittering panache and terrific aplomb. Definitely the highlight of the evening.
David Hart, Birmingham Post
Katharine Lam is hugely talented pianist who is now building a first-class reputation for herself. Her account of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 on Saturday showed exactly why she is so highly regarded.
This was always an intelligent reading with balance and dynamics carefully controlled. The central slow movement possessed moments of great lyricism and delicacy while the finale was confident and stylish.
Express and Star
Katharine Lam, was soloist in the Grieg Concerto. Unlike many precocious talents, here was one which certainly had something to communicate through the music. Balance between hands was transparent, rhythmic articulation was well-defined (accompanying figuration so ripplingly liquid,) and tonal colouring had a mature depth.
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post
Jonathan Harvey – Tombeau de Messiaen for piano with DAT tape.
Katharine Lam, her relationship with the keyboard total, bought fluent pianism and a persuasive understanding to her performance.
Katharine Lam’s performance of Messiaen’s piano part (Couleur de la Cité Céleste) was a real exploration of the colours of the music, the technical aspect of it so under control that the higher considerations of musicianship were what concerned her and drew the listener in. The music came first as it should in all great music making. To have shaped the rhythmical phrases and given her solo sections such a variety of tone colours is a major achievement…and her being able to express herself so musically in such repertoire sheds light on how her music making in traditional works is on so high a level as to render technical considerations unimportant.”
Peter Donohoe, Pianist
Katharine….a very accomplished pianist with remarkable technical skills.
Katharine Lam handled the exotic, elaborate piano scoring with calm aplomb, steely attack and admirable rhythmic precision.
Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post
Katharine began with J S Bach transcriptions by Busoni…all were played with great precision and gusto.
She played magnificently and brought the house down.
…simply a highlight concert, worthy of any concert hall in the country. Katharine Lam is a name worth noting.
Louth Leader and Target
A very successful and enjoyable recital…beautifully and outstandingly played…capturing well the mood and intensity…showing not only complete mastery of the sound world but also a deep understanding.
Rutland and Stamford Mercury
Katharine Lam joined Honeybourne in a rare outing for the Divertimento for piano duet….It was surprising to note how many aspects of Joubert’s style were already in place in this early work….The two pianists clearly savoured this charming early work, resulting in a relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable performance.
Paul Conway, Musical Opinion