Margarita Balanas

CONCERT CELLIST

Margarita Balanas and Lynn Harrell performed to a full house, as the attentive and enthusiastic crowd soaked in the stunning music (...) Balanas appeared like a vision, and made it clear why she is featured at this cello-lovers festival. Her rendition of György Ligeti’s Sonata for solo cello was powerful, delicate, intense and brilliant...
— Gordon Forester, GLAM Adelaide
Ligeti, who died nine years ago, may be known by his music in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but cellist Margarita Balanas turned this extraordinary solo sonata into a dynamic tour-de-force
— Hilary Behrens, Co-Founder International Musicians Seminar
The young Latvian cellist, Margarita Balanas, is surely a star in the making. Her playing was stylish and musically assured, inspiring the orchestra to play with equal virtuosity. The two outer movements were performed with flair and passion, while the meditative aria of the slow movement floated effortlessly through the hall. The audience rightly cheered and were rewarded with an encore...
— Duncan Eves, Hampshire Chronicle