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The Miami Herald
The evening was clearly one for violinists at the Knight Concert Hall with Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman in attendance for the performance by the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Perlman -- who will conduct the New World Symphony in the same hall on Saturday -- had a particular reason for being at the Adrienne Arsht Center, with his former student and current teaching assistant, Giora Schmidt in the spotlight as soloist Tuesday.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in the United States and Israel, Schmidt, 25, comes with stellar credentials and has been building an increasingly prominent international career. The young musician more than lived up to his advance press in an outstanding performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

Perlman's influence is apparent in Schmidt's lyrical approach and especially his timbre -- an acutely focused, gleaming sound that recalls Perlman in his prime. Schmidt also possesses a daunting technical arsenal and sailed through the bravura passages of the outer movements with remarkably even articulation at a rapid tempo, without breaking a sweat.
While the fireworks were exhilarating, Schmidt's playing was most impressive in the Andante, where his sweet tone and judiciously calibrated vibrato were models of taste and style, conveying yearning lyricism without crossing the line to sticky sentiment.
Lawrence A. Johnson The Miami Herald
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