“An exciting program of new works that were conceptually united by the idea of extension and expansion through various forms of electronically generated mirroring. Kanga is an equally exciting pianist, effortlessly virtuosic and in complete command of this (quite literally) electrifying modern repertoire.”
— Lisa MacKinney, Limelight Magazine, 2015.

“An exciting program of new works that were conceptually united by the idea of extension and expansion through various forms of electronically generated mirroring. Kanga is an equally exciting pianist, effortlessly virtuosic and in complete command of this (quite literally) electrifying modern repertoire.”

Lisa MacKinney, Limelight Magazine, 2015.

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"This intricate and densely-compressed work was given a reading glistening with delicacy and precision by Kanga.”

Lisa MacKinney, Limelight Magazine 2015

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“Zubin Kanga is an excellent pianist who is prising open a wormhole into the future of the piano -- inside and out.”

Charles McInnes, Words on Sound, 2015.

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Sheldon and Kanga acquit themselves wonderfully, displaying Sheldon’s technical assuredness and Kanga’s artistry at projecting immensely complex music without ever upstaging or drowning out the voice.

CD review of Chiaroscuro, Gordon Kerry, The Music Trust, 2015

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"Kanga’s performance was pacey and energetic, bounding easily through this technically challenging piece.”

Chris Cody, Planet Arts, 2015

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...Kanga played this with superb control and the interplay between the live and recordings made this a compelling concept.

....This extended work in five movements demonstrated how well Kanga can perform seemingly complex material in such a way that makes the structure and intent of the work clear to the listener.

...Zubin Kanga is clearly a pianist that revels in repertoire that seeks to exploit the inside and the outside of an instrument that continues to offer composers a wealth of sonic potential; with Kanga championing such repertoire one hopes more writing for the instrument will contemplate what the instrument offers beyond the 88 keys.

Review by Steven Berryman for Zubin's solo performance at Kings Place, London, 13th February 2012. Full review at I Care if You Listen.com

 

Sheldon and Kanga acquit themselves wonderfully, displaying Sheldon’s technical assuredness and Kanga’s artistry at projecting immensely complex music without ever upstaging or drowning out the voice.

CD review of Chiaroscuro, Gordon Kerry, The Music Trust, 2015

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“Kanga plays with authority, and arrays a rich palette of sonic colours... sheer listening pleasure.”

CD review of Not Music Yet, Alistair Noble, The Music Trust, 2015 (Not Music Yet, Hospital Hill).

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"While his palpable expertise is captivating from the beginning, Kanga’s performance becomes utterly hypnotic at the astonishing reveal of Gyger’s magic trick – the prepared piano….. Kanga's sublime combination of genuine emotion and prodigious skill is showcased”

Madeline Roycroft.

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"An intertwining of the intellectual and visceral has become a calling card of Kanga’s... Going where many other pianists fear to tread."

Max Boon, Limelight Magazine, 2015

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There's not a dud moment in these high-quality additions to the modern piano repertoire. Kanga's playing is characteristically sophisticated and commanding, and the exquisite quality of the recording is also noteworthy - not a hint of harsh brightness, but rather a deep, warm texture characterised by overtones and resonances roaming freely in a lush sonic landscape. Piano Inside Out is a beautiful recording, rich of layers and nuance. 

CD review of Piano Inside Out, Lisa MacKinney, Limelight Magazine, 2015

“Kanga’s prodigious musicianship and the breadth of styles represented here are both cause for celebration.”

CD review of Piano Inside Out, Gordon Kerry, The Music Trust, 2015

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“Understated and elegant, Kanga’s pianism shows an impeccable approach towards the veiled and subdued nature of this music, drawn together under the apt title Chiaroscuro.”

CD review of Chiaroscuro, Vincent Plush, The Australian, 2015

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The overall effect was of an unbroken dialogue between bold, public statements and more introverted, internal ideas, subtly interrelated. Zubin Kanga’s committed reading kept the score’s overall line firmly in mind so that, despite a variegated, multi-sectional form, it never sounded episodic or disjointed.

Review by Paul Conway in TEMPO of Zubin's performance at the 2013 BBC Proms, featuring the world premiere of a new work by Param Vir. Review archived on Param Vir's website.

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"Zubin Kanga joined Adès in a masterful rendition of Conlon Nancarrow’s studies No’s. 6 and 7... Kanga again displayed his expertise as a notable exponent of new music soundscapes."

Heather Leviston, ArtsHub, 2013

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"virtuosic energy and devotion to artistic purpose, [Kanga's] project curatorship showing intelligent discernment"

Peter McCallum Sydney Morning Herald, 2012. 

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Kanga used a chain necklace, metal thimbles and coins to produce a wealth of weird, prismatic sounds inside the piano – “The Phantom Gondolier” truly sounded as if some fiendish phantom was playing a demonic harpsichord. Kanga was in his element in all of these pieces, playing with just the right mix of musicality and theatricality.

John Pitcher, Arts Nash, 2014

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