Adam Mital Cellist

Piano Cello Duo
Mital - Tolan
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Press quotations about Adam Mital

New review of the CD "Central Europe" from THE STRAD Magazine

A rewarding musical tour of central Europe

This programme of central European music fulfils a long-cherished plan by Swiss cellist Mital, who is, he writes, particularly attracted to the music of the region – perhaps through his studies with Miklós Perényi in Budapest, and the Romanian origins of his wife and duo partner, Olimpia Tolan. Mital, who has recently stacked up a number of prizes in top competitions, opens with a graceful, dignified Arpeggione Sonata, beautifully expressive within its stylistic confines, and with a pleasing sound in the frequently visited high registers of the A string. The opening of the finale feels enveloped in warmth, with the gutty, burnished sound of Mital’s cello closely recorded throughout.
Dvořák’s Silent Woods offers a more Romantic intensity, which Mital’s playing fully embraces; though in the same composer’s Rondo, the breathy whistle as he luxuriates in the lyrical middle section is unfortunate. He and Tolan play throughout with a relaxed intimacy,
and really get under the skin of Janáček’s Pohádka , with some particularly poetic piano playing from Tolan.
Martinů’s Variations on a Slovak Theme receive a fiery performance full of excitement and rhythmic impetus. There’s a wonderful feeling for authentic folk rubato in Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances , in Mital’s own arrangement based on the violin and piano version by Székely. JANET BANKS
The STRAD, December 2012

Solo Performances accompanied by the Festival Strings at the KKL Hall Lucerne, Switzerland

All the requirements were brilliantly fulfilled, also by the young violoncellist Adam Mital from Lucerne. This young artist’s part in Sallinen’s Concerto for Violoncello and Strings, accompanied by Cuban and Tango rhythms, was a perfect, versatile and vivacious performance.
Neue Luzerner Zeitung, August 31, 2010

Cellist from Lucerne pulls out all the stops

Born at Lucerne in 1979, the cellist Adam Mital loves the effect of youthful-impetuous virtuosity. This characterised his Recital on Thursday in the Debut-Series of the Lucerne Festival and has become perfectly clear in the composition, which has been written for Mital by the Swissfrench composer Richard Dubugnon. This gave the artist the opportunity to pull out all the stops of technical acrobatics. Also from the tonal point of view the piece was highly demanding to the soloist – from the almost inaudible Pizzicato to the thundering attack. Virtuosity also dominated Bartok’s 1st Rhapsody and the cello adaptation of the Romanian Dances which were given as encore.
Totally convincing harmony
As a risky start, Mital chose the technically tricky Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert. With his most highly competent piano partner Olimpia Tolan, he found a most wonderful tuneful ensemble play in the Adagio and in the final Allegretto. The numerous listeners deeply enjoyed the in its musicality growing interpretation of Schubert’s piece. A totally convincing harmony between cello and piano was shown by the musicians in Janacek’s “Pohadka”.
Neue Luzerner Zeitung 13.09.2008

Concerts with the Folkwang chamber Orchestra  -  Concerts by C.Ph.E. Bach and Tartini
“…the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra …equally filled with enthusiasm as with the Cello-Concerto by Bach’s famous son. Not only with his velvet-soft bowing did the Swiss Soloist shine; but also Tartini’s music on the threshold of the classical era, he met with a discreet, melodic virtuosity and careful dynamic shades. Both concerts were marked by refined musical dialog with the orchestra.”
NRZ Essen, 20.05.08

…This time, the young cellist Adam Mital was inspiring with his passionate play. Born in Lucerne in 1979, he conveyed a pure and especially sophisticated sound. Mital could repeatedly set emphasis on the impressing solo-cadenzas, despite of their shortness.”
WAT Essen, 20.05.08

"Leipzig as springboard on Worldmusic-podium: The internationale Bach-Competition 2004 and his prize-winner concert:...Adam Mital shows a into finest branchings studied interpretation. There is no tone without tautness, the vibrato well measured."
Leipzig popular newspaper 7/21/2004

Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad
"Musically highlights from the successful festival:... the gifted 25 year-old cellist from Luzern Adam Mital convinced with considerable palmarès: expressive, virtuoso and with charisma he played compositions of Easter (Bartók, Lutoslawski, Dvorák, Prokofiev, Martinu) - a future young hopeful! As well it was a pleasure to listen to the youthful pianist Olimpia Tolan. She comes from the boardering area between Romania-Hungary. ... She fascinated with a perfect musical accompaniment, exquisite enthusiasm..."
Indicator from Saanen 3/9/2004

Haydn-Concerts on the 13./14. of September 2003 in Aesch and Basel
"...The "Neues Orchester Basel" invited to their opening concert of the 22. season in the expurgatory in Aesch and in the Martinschurch in Basel. Adam Mital entered the stage and presented the "Celloconcert Nr. 2 in D major" by Joseph Haydn. From the beginning Mital thrilled with his clear, precise tone.
Even fast passings were as transparent and pure. Mital was exellent in harmony with the orchestra so that in combined passages a well-balanced interconnect could be achieved. That he is not only technically versed, Mital proved in the "Adagio, where he could manage to create a pensive, sometimes almost a liric emotionmoment."
Basellandschaftliche Newspaper 9/17/2003