Süddeutsche Zeitung

With less than half of the concert over, Japanese soloist Yu Kosuge’s performance in Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor had already provided the audience with intense excitement.

What can easily become a romantic cliché tearjerker, Kosuge handled with lithe, lyrical tone. Both flanking moderato movements surged with inner power and came to life through the tension generated between soloist and the orchestra lead by conductor Michael Helmrath. Kosuge’s lyricism in the adagio movement was outstanding as well and was rewarded with prolonged applause from the full auditorium.