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“The Dowland was cleverly paired with Thomas Adès’ 1992 piano work Darknesse Visible – which the composer described as “an explosion” of Dowland’s In Darknesse Let Mee Dwell – given a detailed, mesmerising reading here by Aura Go. With stabbing accents, shimmering textures and lute-like tremolos, Go commanding a mood at once vast and intimate with deft control and sensitivity.” - Limelight Magazine, August 2019. Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Shamray and Go dialled up the virtuosic brilliance in Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 for two pianos. The duo's razor-sharp precision illuminated its scintillating passagework and dense, swirling textures: their fast tempos and strong dynamic contrasts generated thrilling power and urgency.” - The Australian, April 29 2019.
“It was a work that showcased all three musicians’ technical abilities but more so, Aura Go as a pianist of great subtleties.” - Limelight Magazine, April 2019. Musica Viva Festival, Concert 5. Read full review here
“From the boisterous fanfare of the opening, the pair embraced the powerful textures that can be drawn from two Steinways placed side by side, hints of playful repartee shining through Rachmaninov’s lush writing. The second movement’s waltz had a rippling energy – and some beautiful soft moments – while Go and Shamray captured the intense lyricism of the music in the Romance, and indeed, throughout the piece, before the mad fingers-flying dance of the Tarantella.” Limelight Magazine, April 2019. Musica Viva Festival, Concert 2. Read full review here
“Aura Go and Tomoe Kawabata of the Kiazma Piano Duo were proof of this in practice at their latest MRC outing. Beginning their all-Schubert program with the 8 Variations on an Original Theme, followed by the epically challenging Grand Duo Sonata, this intricately attuned pair shared a wonderfully responsive intimacy. More than just two musicians in tandem, this was a single interpretive vision at work, passionate yet detailed and carefully balanced.” - The Age, April 2019. Read full review here
Central Western Daily: Conservatorium welcomes acclaimed pianist, February 2019
“Her recent recital as part of the Sydney Opera House’s Crescendo series quickly demonstrated her potential and worth as an artist to foster innovative musical exchange in the decades ahead […] Bold and inspiring … innate storytelling.” - Sydney Arts Guide, October 2018. Solo recital debut at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room “Crescendo” Series. Read full review here
"Virtuoso Aura Go, who has enriched Finnish musical life ever since her participation in the Maj Lind Competition in 2012, played with great temperament and courage and was precise and well-articulated in her interpretation." - Hufvudstadsbladet, November 2017. Read full review here (in Swedish)
“Australian pianist Aura Go performed Liszt and Berg with great insight and intensity.” – Hufvudstadsbladet, July 2017.
“Australian-born pianist Aura Go [...] communicated the entire program with commanding clarity and an impressive range of characters. She shaped Noctuelles and Oiseaux Tristes from Ravel’s Miroirs with a touchingly beautiful singing sound and a dazzling ability to elicit the multilayered textures.” – Rondo magazine, January 2017
"The most dedicated audience members stayed on for a precious event: Aura Go and Tomoe Kawabata’s late-night performance of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen for two pianos. [...] Go and Kawabata’s performance was positively ecstatic. Locked on to each other’s gaze across the bodies of the two grand pianos, sweat dripping onto the keyboards, each movement was a masterful, sensitive interpretation of Messiaen’s understanding of the polyvalent “Amen”. Returning to this work composed shortly after the Second World War, at the dawn of the experiments in form, rhythm, pitch, and timbre we call “contemporary music,” was the perfect nightcap for a thrilling festival." - Full review on Partial Durations, May 2016
"These two young pianists were positively riveting in a work that offered huge rewards for the listener. [...] profoundly moving, subtle and often exuberant interpretation of another Messiaen masterpiece." - Full review from Classic Melbourne, May 2016
Review of 'In My Beloved's Garden' in Kulttuurivihkot (in Finnish), here.
"Aura Go made a big impression, proving herself to be a great musician and brilliant pianist with an impressive dynamic range. Perhaps it was her ability to convey the scope and vary the expression of each work that impressed the most. At times she seemed to create an entire universe of hues within their frames.” – Hufvudstadsbladet, September 2012
"Pianist Aura Go is clearly passionate about this music. This was a program which was not only musically diverse but technically demanding, and Ms. Go’s ability to make a convincing argument for each piece was truly admirable. Perhaps Helsinki audiences can look forward to her as soloist in the piano concertos of Rautavaara, Lindberg, or Salonen?" - ResMusica.com | Rautavaara's World, October 2014. Read full review here.
"[Go's] own solo program two nights later was simply astonishing in its complexity and the demands it made on her musicality and virtuosity – not to mention her stamina. [...] In addition to her total commitment as a focused performer, whose every gesture seems to be part of an elastic musical continuum, her virtuosity also enabled an exploration of pretty well every sonic possibility that a piano has to offer. [...] In a piano recital of enormous variety, you could not have found a more eloquent exponent of new music." - Classic Melbourne | Metropolis New Music Festival, April 2014. Read full review here.
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, September 2013. Read review here.
Sydney Morning Herald: New Duo Shine in Stirring Recital. Full review here.