"Ms. Salm is a dream made flesh: a more sensitive and giving
musician could not be imagined. Her cello, her heart, her intellect
all worked as one. The quality of her sound spoke with
a solid core, changing character to accommodate all manner of
musical expression. She soared in melodies and her passage work
ran fleetly with rock-solid sureness. She also provided facial
expressions to mirror each and every gesture of the music and
its performance; to her credit, this added to the general sense
"There was thunderous applause for her glorious performance.
It was a great joy."
New York Concert Reviews
"SUSAN SALM EXCELS IN RECITAL" (headline)
"In richness of tone, coloration of phrases, and ardent spirit,
the playing was ideally suited to the music."
The New York Times
"Brahms Sonata op. 99 received a brooding and passionate
performance, one of the sort this music invites, always pushing
ahead yet still revealing the absolute cogency of the composers
thought. The strength and resonance of her sound was very apparent.
This was refined cello playing of great accomplishment."
The Times, London
"A great discovery awaited us at the Palais Auersperg: the
American cellist Susan Salm, who has established an international
reputation, has made her mark in Vienna. An unpretentious and
passionate musician, she was meditative in the Sonata by Debussy,
exultant in the Beethoven-Haendel Variations; she became the naive
storyteller in Janaceks Fairytale; and in Stravinskys
Suite Italienne, an unimaginably demanding work which she mastered
with bravura, she was a dazzling virtuoso."
"Her tone is distinctive and extremely rich. She set to with
a will, giving no quarter and expecting none, using her expansive
expressive range with dexterity and conviction. The high point
of the evening was undoubtedly Schuberts "Arpeggione"
Sonata, one of the most difficult pieces in the repertoire, in
which she displayed enormous technical prowess and a gift for
lyrical nuance. She has style, and that is not something one comes
across too frequently."
London Music and Musicians
"The soloist was given the opportunity to exploit her artistic
and musical capabilities to the fullest."
Hengelo Dagblad, The Netherlands
"Susan Salm has a remarkable technique, a robust tone and
an interpretive style that reveals a willful and intense personality.
Her passionate rendition of these two powerfully expressive works
mirrored all the nuances of an immediate language which issues
directly from the heart in an astonishingly admirable way."
Schwaebisches Tagblatt, Tuebingen, Germany
"There was a tautness in performance that generated a considerable
force of expression as the opening ideas were displayed and then
gathered up at the end of the (Brahms) first movement, the cello
being particularly expressive and beautifully attuned to passages
in unison with the piano."
The Times, London
"The cellist produced a magnificent tone, full of nobility
and warmth. The joy of listening could be measured by emphatic
Niewe Rotterdamse Courant, The Netherlands
"The cellist Susan Salm played the technically extremely
demanding solo part (Rococo Variations) with a lean, jewel-like
and unusually colorful sound."
FAZ, Frankfurt, Germany
"She played the Boccherini Concerto elegantly, with a beautiful
sound and technical brilliance."
Rheinpfalz Feuilleton, Mannheim, Germany
"The cellist has a beautiful, clear and voluptous tone, a
true sense of phrasing and incisive bowing. Her precision and
joy in playing leave nothing to be desired."
Koelnische Rundschau, Koeln, Germany
"An intelligent and technically brilliant performance."
Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany
"The soloist of the evening, Susan Salm, brings to the Saint-Saens
Concerto in A Minor the experience and prowess of a world-star.
Although petite, almost fragile, her approach is stamped with
masculinity. With vigorous bow strokes and great temperament,
she masters the difficult positions; she has tremendous technical
command as well as spontaneity."
Mainz Spitze, Germany
"Her musical approach is impressivefull of life, refined,
and organized on the basis of her multi-faceted talent, she combines
an extraordinary gift with vitality, musicality, intelligence,
stylistic elegance, and a rich, warm, colorful tone."
FAZ, Frankfurt, Germany
"One had to see her as well as hear hershe is a picture
of musical rapture, and possesses breathtaking virtuosity."
Rhein-Neckar Zeitung, Heidelberg, Germany
"Unusually giftedshe is musical and full of temperament"
"Susan Salm sparkled with special brilliance in the Schumann,
to which her warm, voluptuous and sensitively expressive tone
was perfectly suited."
Wiener Zeitung, Vienna
"Susan Salm is an unusually gifted cellist. With a perfect
sense of ensemble, her interpretation of the Shostakovich Sonata,
op. 40 was at the highest possible level."
Die Tat, Zurich