"Ernst’s recital begins with Fung’s bright etude, Keeping Time, which circles around a constant pulse. Higdon’s Secret and Glass Gardens uses dreamy impressionistic chords with darkened edges, and a peak occurs near the golden section point....." Read more - Grant Chu Covell of Piano Factory 19

"Her work offers a glimpse of sumptuous lyricism...." Read more - Frank J. Oteri of NEWMUSICBOX

“Ernst’s performance exhibits a keen understanding of the subtleties of expression and the refinement of technique...." Read more - Kimberly Greene of International Alliance of Women in Music Journal

“Mary Kathleen Ernst [of the Borup-Ernst Duo] is especially suited to demonstrate the subtle complexity and magic in ‘Tower of Eight Winds’ Judith Shatin’s Innova release....” - David Wolman of Fanfare Magazine Read more about the Borup-Ernst Duo

"Everything was played very well, with the Brahms being particularly graceful." - The New York Times

“[A] strong program of solo piano works with equally strong performances...." Read more - Ralph Graves of WTJU

"Ernst's refined technique and confident maneuverings through the sonata's abrupt textural shifts highlighted a unity that is meant to be experienced, not analyzed." Read more - The Washington Post

"Ernst proved a supremely articulate and energetic pianist who made the torrents of notes in its many dazzling runs stand up and be individually counted...." Read more - The Buffalo News

"The piano keys melted like wax under the fingers of Mary Kathleen Ernst." - El Pais, Madrid

"The pianist was a marvel of clarity and precision." Read more - The Times Picayune (New Orleans)

"Ernst proved herself equal to the challenge, offering pianism of high quality, distinguished by a strong, commanding sound coupled with a technique of enviable control." - Read more The Morning Journal (West Virginia)



Making Classical Music Cool
An interview with Mary Kathleen Ernst by Fanfare Magazine Read now

Chart-ing Mary Kathleen Ernst
Charity Innovators and Creative Talent Chart Report from Palm Beach Read now



A Week of Festivals Featuring Women Composers: Judith Shatin’s Glyph and Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain
International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, Fall 2015
Written by Mary Kathleen Ernst Read now


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