Reviews

“The best recorder player in the world?”

ALLGEMAINE ZEITUNG

“Superhuman… The reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today”

Washington Post

“The things Adams does with his collection of recorders defy the imagination”

International Record Review

“It’s not easy to make the recorder a sexy, extrovert instrument, yet Adams’ virtuosity is breathtaking, and presented with unfettered showmanship.”

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“Piers Adams is an instrumental class of his own”

LA SCENA MUSICSALE

“His stage presence is simply unbeatable; he moves around in a way that demands the audience’s attention. Coupled with this of course, his playing is stupendous; simply awe-inspiring. He combines implausible speed with sensitive variation in articulation techniques and a warm, rich, blossoming tone to create a performance that keeps the audience’s attention bolted to the stage.”

MUSICAL CRITICISM.COM

“Here is a performer whose success is surely guaranteed by a winning combination of technical genius, expert product marketing, and above all, the compelling power of a truly top-class entertainer over his audience.” 

THE RECORDER MAGAZINE

“I have painful memories of playing the recorder at infant school, but in Piers Adams’ hands it is transformed into a dazzling virtuoso star. His bravura approach has the true spirit of the baroque…. It’s the aural equivalent of an acrobat on the high-wire, delivered with such panache, precision and easy grace it took my breath clean away. Now that’s what I call spectacular.”

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Astonishing virtuosity”

GRAMOPHONE

“A recorder player of staggering virtuosity and reliability… intensely musical and astonishingly colourful performances.” 

PITTSBURG TRIBUNE REVIEW

 “Recorder virtuoso Piers Adams introduced almost everything, strutted and danced while delivering musical fusillades, and generally dominated the proceedings with flamboyant zest…” 

LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Adams’ recorder is quite phenomenal – I am amazed at what he accomplishes on it.”

AUDIOPHILE

“His performances of four recorder concertos showed a technical command that would have far surpassed players of the period, and he drove it home with a showmanship more indebted to contemporary rock musicians than the delicacy of canvases by Jean-Antoine Watteau…. Bodily movement also acted out passages of the scores with lunges, half crouches and — in Telemann’s Concerto in C for alto recorder – balancing on one leg. Every note sounded fresh and crisp, with air around it even in the fastest music.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“A virtuoso Piers Adams is. Michala Petri was forever the reigning queen of recorder performance …. But, my vote now goes to Piers Adams, who irreverently and intelligently, deconstructs these war horses and provides the listener an experience as fresh as a spring strawberry bursting on the roof of your mouth.”

ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Scintillating… wit, lightly-worn bravado and captivating expressivity”

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Piers Adams is a born communicator, and his immense energy inspired everyone… one of the most exciting pieces of musicianship the audience had ever heard!”

Oxford Times