Acclaim

“Indeed, she played with a grace and sensitivity far beyond her years, well deserving of the honor Young Steinway Artist.”

D. S. Crafts,
The Journal

(for the performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the New Mexico Philharmonic in February 2015)

“Had one listened blindfolded, one could have easily concluded this was a seasoned professional.”

D. S. Crafts,
The Journal

(for the performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the New Mexico Philharmonic in February 2015)

“Piano performance by Umi Garrett, a 14-year-old piano prodigy, soothed my soul, calmed me down, and brought tears to my eyes.”

Penny Neef,
ALT Daily

(for the solo recital at the Willett Hall in Portsmouth, Virginia in November 2014)

“In addition to displaying bravura technique, the young soloist also possesses an extraordinary musicality.”

Holly Harris,
The Winnipeg Free Press

(for the performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops in January 2014)

“A budding musical genius”

The Huffington Post

(On an article and short interview to Umi by The Huffington Post in September 2013)

“Garrett is the real thing”

Ted Ayala,
Crescenta Valley Weekly

(for the performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops in January 2014)

“Remarkable and bold”

Ted Ayala,
Crescenta Valley Weekly

(for the performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops in January 2014)

“This is one wunderkind to definitely watch.”

Ted Ayala,
Crescenta Valley Weekly

(for the performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops in January 2014)

“She is going to be very well known.”

Ellen DeGeneres,
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

(After Umi’s interview and performance at Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2009)

“The young pianist Umi Garrett from USA surprises with the virtuosity.”

Kursas Laiks

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“I think the girl is very well trained and talented. She has very good sense of rhythm and form, all the apportionment is very good.., but she is very, very guided and you can feel it, that there is focused work from all sides”

Gunta Boza
Latvijas Radio

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“The biggest surprise for me was – that 11 years old girl plays brilliant the music”

Davis Simanis
Latvijas Radio

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“To the little Garrett the angel of a genius has flown very close, if not right next to her and Mozart with his smile and the small tear was nearby. Such childish directness and at the same time naturalism and grace, or shine – I think it couldn’t leave indifferent anybody.”

Janis Matulis
Latvijas Radio

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“A mature musician with absolutely clear thought and extremely great musicality”

Andris Poga
Latvijas Radio

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“This girl is really wonderful. But striking is that – yes, of course, this huge skill and ability to carry out all she wants, but also the fact, that she still hasn’t lost the joy of playing, keenness and that all she does is really natural and organic”

Ilze Treija
Latvijas Radio

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“Her performance surprised unprepared even the toughest listener. The performance of the outwardly fragile, visually rather delicate ballerina like young pianist in the Mozart piano concerto was gentle and graceful.”

Inga Zilinska,
Latvijas Radio

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“We saw fantastic motility, fantastic sense of balance, emotionality, grace. One moment I was thinking – what if this would be the little sister of Mozart, who plays so beautifully. I am really excited about this child, about her susceptibility, about the susceptibility of her parents and teachers – very, very beautiful!”

Ilze Valce,
irLiepaja

(for the performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia in March 2012)

“Profiled as Patch’s first Whiz Kid, Garrett’s extraordinary talent is undeniable to anyone who hears her play”

Eugenie Diserio,
New Canaan Patch

“I can’t recall ever witnessing a ten-year-old pianist play with the technical assurance and innate musicality equal to Umi Garrett.”

Tom Aldridge,
Nuovo, Indy’s alternative voice

“Having a talent this great this early, one wonders just where her abilities as an adult will take her.”

Tom Aldridge,
Nuovo, Indy’s alternative voice

“She played with the poise and supreme confidence of a veteran five times her age.
She, the conductor and the orchestra worked as one. The power of her tiny hands on the keys was mesmerizing. ‘Genius’ seems the best description.”

Bill Clark,
Columbia Daily Tribune

“The crowd was treated to a marvelous performance, which began with the impressive young pianist Umi Garret”

B.W. Cook,
Daily Pilot

“Umi Garrett wowed the sold-out crowd with her masterful performance. She simply blew this reviewer and the audience away with her performance, her fluid runs and countless trills flawlessly performed, joyous at one moment, prayerful at another.”

Peg Goldberg Longstreth,
Florida Weekly

“Umi Garrett, displayed a captivating modesty and delight in her considerable achievements… When she came in, her technical facility was dazzling. The runs up and down the keyboard rippled with precise articulation. She snapped the bass chords in precise detonations with the orchestra… Listening to Umi Garrett’s amazing playing may well have duplicated the effect felt by European audiences encountering Mozart in his earliest prodigy years.”

John Zeugner,
Telegram & Gazette Reviewer

 

Press

Umi has been featured in the press numerous times. Click any of the thumbnails below to see the articles in full.