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Upstate Obscura was the name for [Timo Andres'] cello concerto, ending a week of cello virtuosi. Yo-Yo Ma was, as always, stunning. Andrei Ionită was cool and precise. Last night, though, Inbal Segev beat them all with a cello that more than glowed: it had the brightness and flames of a thousand Versailles flambeaux in the grand gardens, lighting the Grace Rainey Auditorium.

Harry Rolnick, Concerto Net
Chopin-Schumann-Grieg, Works for Cello and Piano

"Pohjonen's pianism is an equal partner to Segev's verve in this bejewelled selection. This natural recording has a distinctly live quality."

BBC Music Magazine
Inbal Segev (Cello), Metropolis Ensemble/Andrew Cyr

The captivating result included sleek melodic lines for Segev, against gently falling glissandos in the chamber ensemble's strings, accented by shimmering arpeggios and flickering shards from bongos, harp, piano and xylophone. Imagine the spaciousness of Copland, coupled with the intense colours of Barber, all eventually arriving at a quiet, poignant resting place.

Bruce Hodges, The Strad
Inbal Segev / Juho Pohjonen Chopin, Schumann, Grieg

"Segev's cello tone is focused and eloquent; matte and viola-like in its upper register, it fills out warmly on the bottom strings. Pohjonen can be both limpid and brilliant but, again, there is no superficial sheen - it's a sound that blooms from within."

James Manheim, Gramophone, Awards Issue 2018
BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances

The melancholy 'Mariel' by Osvaldo Golijov inspired exquisite playing from Stoyanov on marimba and cellist Inbal Segev (she co-curated the program with Alsop). The last, introspective minutes, leading to a deep, long-held note of disarming beauty from Segev, left a haunting impression.

Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
Chopin/Schumann/Grieg, Inbal Segev, Cello; Juho Pohjonen, Piano (Avie)

"Segev's majestic tone quality makes her interpretation a beautifully cantabile addition to the recorded literature...Segev's long, long phrases, sparing use of portamento, and imperceptible bow changes are a perfect match for the richly romantic playing of her collaborator, pianist Juho Pohjonen."

Strings Magazine
Cello Sonatas by CHOPIN; SCHUMANN; GRIEG – Inbal Segev, cello/ Juho Pohjonen

"The martial first movement, Allegro agitato, utilizes the same motif in varying harmonic guises, all of which feed Segev’s instrument—particularly its low register—with musical manna from Heaven. Pohjonen’s liquid figures and Segev’s ardent passions demand we repeat the whole piece moments after we finish listening to the original run-through."

Audiophile Audition
A Room-Size Painting Becomes a Cello Concerto About Versailles

His piece, which features the cellist Inbal Segev performing with the Metropolis Ensemble, is based on John Vanderlyn’s “Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles” (1818-19), a massive painting on nearly 2,000 square feet of canvas...

Joshua Barone, The New York TImes
Chopin, Schumann, Grieg: Music for Cello & Piano - Inbal Segev, cello

“Israeli cellist Inbal Segev and her partner, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, give outstanding accounts of works by Chopin, Schumann, and Grieg that deserve such spirited and incisive championing. All three composers were master lyricists, and it shows in these performances.”

Atlanta Audio Club
Cellist Inbal Segev Premieres Timo Andres’ New Cello Concerto

I heard Segev play the Dvorak Concerto with passionate abandon with the Pasadena Symphony earlier this year...

Laurence Vittes, Strings Magazine
Inbal Segev / Juho Pohjonen Chopin, Schumann, Grieg

"[Inbal Segev] plays a 1673 cello that has a highly unusual tone, giving the music a somewhat mysterious, oracular flavor. It's quite effective in Chopin's gnomic yet lyrical utterances...The virtuosic Grieg sonata at the end is expertly done.”

All Music
Cellist at Albany Symphony concert to be only second to play concerto

Christopher Rouse's Violoncello Concerto is an unusually thorny piece of music, a symphonic meditation on death that opens with turbulence, ends on lament and demands a soloist of virtuosic technic and fearless disposition.

Amy Biancolli, Times Union
BSO members mix it up with flair in New Music Festival

“Three string players from the BSO and cellist Inbal Segev, who is co-curating this year’s festival, traded a motif recalling folk-music cantillation back and forth...More modern techniques, buzzing tremolos and moaning glissandi, pervaded the work, as did microtonal bends, creating an eerie atmosphere.”

Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review
The Heavenly Sound of New York Repertory Orchestra at St Mary’s Church

We were treated to the superb playing of Inbal Segev, an intensely focused musician on her 300-year-old cello...

Isa Freeling, Huffington Post
Inbal Segev | Works for Cello and Piano by Chopin, Schumann and Grieg

"The common pulse of Inbal and Juho, who are far from a duo based on mere interpretative purpose, provides urgency and emotional reverberation."

Gerald Felber, Fono Forum
Distinguished Artists Concert Series opens with Goldstein, Segev in concert

The 2017-18 Distinguished Artists Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, with a concert featuring a pair of celebrated Israeli-born musicians, pianist Alon Goldstein and cellist Inbal Segev at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz.

Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel
Inbal Segev / Juho Pohjonen CHOPIN - SCHUMANN - GRIEG

“lush and romantic...the lyrical quality shines through on Inbal’s 1673 Ruggieri cello.”

Music is the Key
Inbal Segev Offers Four Great Reasons to Program More Music by Women Composers

[Segev's] dynamic and musically diverse program at the no-frills Center for New Music made me wonder for the nth time why fair representation for women in music is still debatable....

Segev seemed like the ideal performer for [Augusta Read Thomas' Spring Song]: No matter how high she climbed on the fingerboard, she continued to command a slew of colors. Chains of doublestops, evoking carillon bells, rang purely.

Rebecca Wishnia, San Francisco Classical Voice
A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

A finely nuanced performance [of the fourth movement of Schubert's Piano Quintet] ... took on particular warmth from the sweet-toned phrasing of violinist Wyatt Underhill and cellist Inbal Segev....
Segev’s rich tone and supple technique served her well in [Gity Razaz's] 'The Legend of Sigh'....

Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

... a sterling solo rendition of the Sarabande, from the Bach Suite No. 3.

Paul Hertelendy, ArtsSF
Cellist Inbal Segev Carries Dan Visconti’s Folk-Inspired Tangle-Eye Concerto

Impressed by soloist Inbal Segev’s ability to, as Visconti puts it, find nuance in simplicity, he wrote for her a nearly ceaseless flow of through-composed melody, which she played with complete dedication and high intelligence. Regardless of where it was going, the journey was continually interesting.

David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice
Folk music at the core of new cello concerto

Segev’s playing [was] brisk and expert throughout....

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Anna Clyne at Roulette

[Anna Clyne's] “Rest these Hands” for solo cello was strong, flowing, and pleasantly repetitious. It was played with feeling by Inbal Segev.

Stephen Kaye, The Millbrook Independent
The Music of Anna Clyne at Roulette - Review

Segev began the concert with a powerful solo, whose slow melody unfolded over a strong open-string drone before shattering into rapid scale passages, Bach-style string-crossing figures, and actual quotations from a Bach sonata. Electronics discreetly boosted the cellist’s rugged tone.

David Wright, New York Classical Review
Youngstown Symphony: “Hebraic Rhapsody” (April 9)

The performance was stunningly effective. Inbal Segev, playing from memory, has obviously absorbed the music into her psyche and performed with remarkable energy and expression.

Robert Rollin, Cleveland Classical
BSO serves up a spring tonic

Segev captured the essence of each variation by making sure there was equal footing between lyricism and virtuosity. This piece has everything: trills, glissandi, double stops, harmonics, octaves, and plenty of scales. The entire range of the cello was exploited and Segev was absolutely solid. The applause and standing ovation from the audience was enough for an encore and Segev treated us to the Sarabande from Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C Major for unaccompanied cello.

Ginger Yang Hwalek, The Ellsworth American
Two ways of looking at Bach’s cello suites

Here we have exemplary modern cello playing, which recognizes baroque stylistic ideas without making a fetish of them. Segev’s instrument is older than Bach (a Ruggieri from 1673), but she produces vibrant notes and offers long, lovely phrases without stinting on smaller articulations. And she could sing even more but, in a nod to historical practice, often chooses simpler fingerings in the lower positions, using more open strings.

By Robert Battey, The Washington Post
Review: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos at Alice Tully Hall

Many joys were provided by intertwining pairs of players — the oboists Stephen Taylor and Randall Ellis and the hornists Julie Landsman and Jennifer Montone in the First Concerto, the flutists Sooyun Kim and Mr. McGill in the Fourth — as well as by individuals. Other notable standouts were Brandon Ridenour, the clarino trumpeter; Marc Goldberg, the bassoonist; and Inbal Segev, a cellist, substituting for an injured performer, but all the playing positively brimmed with life.

James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
Inbal Segev on Climbing the Mount Everest for Cellists

It was on her mind for at least 20 years. Inbal Segev had been preparing, practicing, gearing herself up to consummate her musical career by climbing what she called “the Mount Everest for cellists.” Recording J. S. Bach’s complete cello suites constitutes the pinnacle of her internal journey as an artist so far.

By Milene Fernandez, The Epoch Times
Classical Playlist: Gabrieli, Bach, ‘Distant Voices’ and Mor

... her performances are deft and thoughtful, accurate in pitch and flexible in rhythm. In any case, you may want to sample Ms. Segev’s artistry live at Bargemusic in Brooklyn on Friday evening, when she plays Suites Nos. 1, 3 and 5

James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
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