New York Classical Review, July 21, 2022
Review of "East/West: A Symphonic Celebration” concert with Maestro Xian Zhang and New Jersey Symphony by Rich Perdian
"....The highlights of this concert were the stellar performances by two rising stars, pianist Chelsea Guo and violinist Nancy Zhou, as well as the authenticity and sensitivity with which Xian Zhang, the NJSO’s music director, conducted music that abounded in melody, orchestral color, and rhythmic vitality....
Chelsea Guo’s performance was not only marked by virtuosity, but also a deep emotional connection to the music. Whether playing the extensive chordal passages, which opened the work and reappeared later, or melodies extravagantly embellished with waves of arpeggios, Guo’s tone was notable for its grace and beauty."
Concert Review (NYC) :" Image of China: East/West Symphonic Concert with the New Jersey Symphony and Soloists (20 July 2022)"
Jon Sobel at Blogcritics.org
" ...Ms. Guo’s shimmering piano work and an organically simpatico performance by the NJS served it wonderfully.
I had very much enjoyed Chopin in My Voice, Ms. Guo's debut album-Chopin-centered, though she also demonstrates her soprano vocal skills. So I know she had a sensitive touch, and looked forward to hearing Qigang's concerto...Ms. Guo drew a marvelous clear tone in every register, whether in rapid virtuosic runs or in conversational dialogues with the orchestra... After this superb performance by Chelsea Guo and the New Jersey Symphony I couldn’t help thinking it ought to become a staple of the Western repertoire."