Eschewing an overly flashy, self-interested performance which focused only on flair, Pike brought an elegant intelligence…Her playing was assured, bowing smooth and particularly nimble in her silver-toned reading of the firecracker third movement, where her accuracy couldn’t be faulted. An encore of the third movement of Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata no. 2 in A minor, Op.27 no.2 was an unsurprisingly intelligent choice, with fine pizzicato and tonal clarity on display.
Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack
Bruch Violin Concerto, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
29 November 2016
Her playing has led to her being hailed as one of Britain’s brightest musical prodigies for a generation…a remarkable understanding of music far beyond her years. It was really quite astonishing…it was like listening to a 12-year-old Menuhin.
James Tozer, Daily Mail
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, BBC SO
28 May 2002
This was music-making the like of which one rarely comes across….Above all, time after time, she displays turns of phrase and expression that simply cannot be taught. . we had been privileged witnesses to a remarkable performance.
John Sidgwick, Culture Kiosque
Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, BBC SO
30 November 2006
Pike captivated the Symphony Hall audience with a brilliant rendition of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Every note of this perennial favourite was spot on, and played with feeling.
30 November 2007
Mighty, impassioned climaxes in the first two movements as well as some wonderfully supple, nuanced playing in the second, and a finale mixing fire and reverie with a powerful sense of musical purpose.
31 October 2009