Music Reviews

"Brilliant playing with lots of flair and personality..very exciting and convincing." Raymond Herbert

"Louise Billaud scaled the pianistic equivalent of Mount McKinley in her performance of Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi's Toccata... Her fingers 'flashdanced' through this technical tour-de-force." Anchorage Daily News

"It is not often that a composer receives such intense and abundant solidarity from an interpreter.. and with this I am deeply satisfied." Goffredo Petrassi (Rome, Italy)

"A notable and remarkable recital. Louise Billaud 'The American' has conquered her public." Le Dauphiné Libéré (France)

"She plays with profound musical insight and great technical virtuosity. I am very pleased to have such a fine pianist perform my works on her concert programs." Kent Holliday (Virginia)

"The American Louise Billaud swept the audience off its feet...such a depth, such a harmonic richness, such a sonorous plenitude. The orchestra discreetly let the soloist display a pianistic temperament of fire." Vaucluse Matin (France)

"Billaud delighted us from the beginning with the brilliantly played romantic compositions of Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff, followed by a four-movement sonata by Kent Holliday, a well-organized 21st-century composition exuberant with flowing polyrhythmic patterns woven around the themes...Indeed, the clever ostinato pulsating the second movement, a morbid slow third movement (written in remembrance of the victims of Sept. 11) and a grand finale with a relentless percussive thrust, led the audience to jump on their feet at its end! The public enthusiasm was awarded with two encores filled with the same vitality." Roger Ermili for the Green Valley News & Sun (Arizona)