Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust
Garth Knox's recital of modern viola music
Monday, 23 March 2009 by Tam Pollard
"If I thought six pieces of new music in one concert was impressive, Garth Knox clearly felt himself up to the challenge by playing seven, albeit none of them premieres, in this ecat (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) concert. He faced, perhaps, a bigger challenge as one might not necessarily imagine the viola could sustain a whole concert, certainly I had my doubts. Such concerns were unfounded and Knox quickly erased them."

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
24th March 2009 by Conrad Wilson
"Though Bach, Mozart, Dvorak, Schoenberg and Britten all played it, the viola remains widely regarded as the Cinderella of the strings, its versatility unacknowledged, its beauty concealed.
But a surge of fine modern violists, with Garth Knox in the vanguard, have been championing it, and here was the man himself with a recital for Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust that exhilaratingly liberated every timbre, note or noise his instrument could produce."

Cleveland.com
Garth Knox applies magic to viola d'amore and viola works
for Cleveland Museum of Arts Viva! & Gala Around Town series

November 09, 2009 by Donald Rosenberg, the Plain Dealer
"Moments before Garth Knox was about to play a work of his own creation titled "Misfortune strikes me," it did. A string on his viola d'amore snapped, prompting the Irish-born musician to reorder the program and perform one of his other pieces on modern viola."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
22 April 2008 by Martin Wilkening
"Der vormalige Bratscher des Arditti-Qartetts, Garth Knox, hat sich der Viola d'amore verschrieben. Auf seinem jüngsten Album kombiniert er zeitgenössische Musik mit Originalkompositionen."


Ballade, Bergen
Kammerkonsertar med Garth Knox og Plus Minus
20.03.2007 by Ida Habbestad
"Som dere alle observerer har dette stykket nå nådd et punkt hvor følelsene så og si er sluppet helt fri. Musikerene følger ikke lenger et strengt partitur eller komponistens plan, men uttrykker seg selv. De er bedt om å utføre diverse katharsiske handlinger og er mer opptatt av egen sjelelig rensing enn av konvensjonell musikalsk struktur”, var eitt av mange innspel frå Trond Reinholdtsen i hans nye verk. ”Music as Emotion” er eit stykke med trøkk, meiner Ida Habbestad i denne meldinga."

Resmusica
Garth Knox à  l'auditorium John Cage, Perpignan
L'homme des hautes altitudes

29-March-2006 by Silver Berg
"Lumineuse idée que d’avoir invité le presque légendaire Garth Knox – ancien alto de l’Intercontemporain de 1983 à 1990, puis du non moins zénithal quatuor Arditti jusqu’en 1997 – pour la deuxième soirée du quatorzième cycle Syntax à l’auditorium John Cage de Perpignan. L’homme impressionne par un mélange de candeur enfantine et d’aisance, un regard espiègle de jeune homme de 50 ans et un pedigree musical impressionnant."

The Irish Times
Knox, Vesterman, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
October 17th 2006 by Michael Dungan
"In his inviting and personable manner, well-matched to the relaxed mood of the Hugh Lane, viola - player and former member of the Arditti String Quartet Garth Knox announced a simple plan and, partnered by cellist Agnès Vesterman, turned it into a most satisfying concert."

The Sunday Business Post
22/10/2006 by Dick Riordan
"These hour-long concerts, supported by Dublin City Council and the Arts Council, are free to the public and would make one feel proud to be a citizen of Dublin. The recital was given by Scottish viola maestro Garth Knox and French cellist Agnès Vesterman, professors of music, in Spain and Italy, respectively."

Diapason
Diapason d'Or
June 2005 by Pierre Rigaudière
" Propice à  décourager les entreprises discographiques, tant par la multiplicité des effectifs qu'il requiert que par sa délicatesse d'éxécution, le cycle composé par Gérard Grisey entre 1976 et 1985 était resté longtemps sans édition intégrale. Celle parue chez Accord pouvait d'emblée être considérée comme une référence."
Cd Gérard Grisey. Les Espaces acoustiques

La Nación
Brillante actuación de Garth Knox
Domingo 27 de noviembre de 2005 by Juan Carlos Montero
"En contados instantes, el espacio blanco, liso, triangular y recortado por tres viejas columnas de hierro está totalmente repleto de jóvenes y por un puñado de edad intermedia y algunos mayores. El clima del lugar es distendido y todo es espontáneo. Las sillas en forma de platea están agotadas, se acercan otras, se suman banquetas, almohadones y al mismo tiempo se palpa un clima de amistad, confianza y de unidad espiritual."

La Nación
«Fábula»: el amor y la imaginación
Domingo 27 de noviembre de 2005 by Héctor Coda
"Estreno de la ópera «Fábula», con música de Oscar Strasnoy sobre un libereto de Alejandro Tantanián y un esquema dramatúrgico de Renate Ackermann. Compuesta para el contratenor Daniel Gloger y Garth Knox, en viola d´amore. Decorados y vestuario: Genevieve Périat. Cantado en castellano, salvo una escena en idish (traducción de Meilach Glocer. En la Sala Martín Casacuberta del Teatro San Martín."



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