Reviews

International Barto Prize

Winner of the International Tzimon Barto Piano Composition Prize, Patricio da Silva's music went on tour with American celebrity classical pianist, Tzimon Barto, receiving rave reviews from German and Austrian music critics. Pianist Tzimon Barto has described Patricio da Silva's classical piano music as:

” In a career that has spanned two decades and thirty countries, while I have programmed many contemporary pieces in solo recitals, I never known an audience to respond so enthusiastically to a “new-born” work, as I did this past summer while touring with Mr. da Silva’s “Three Movements for Solo Piano ” by Tzimon Barto

“A true firework of youth and strength. Percussive rhythms and repetitions (1st piece) followed by soft, almost sensual harmonies and melody sheets (2nd piece) and roaring hammers which reached the limits of the Grand Piano.” 
by Das Magazin von Steinway in Austria  

Tzimon Barto, pianist ”[…] In a career that has spanned two decades and thirty countries, while I have programmed many contemporary pieces in solo recitals, I never known an audience to respond so enthusiastically to a “new-born” work, as I did this past summer while touring with Mr. da Silva’s “Three Movements for Solo Piano […]” by Tzimon Barto

In a career that has spanned two decades and thirty countries, while I have programmed many contemporary pieces in solo recitals, I never known an audience to respond so enthusiastically to a “new-born” work, as I did this past summer while touring with Mr. da Silva’s Three Movements for Solo Piano” Tzimon Barto, pianist

“ The biggest cheer was for the work of the winner of the Barto Prize, Patricio da Silva, which Barto performed solo. Sometimes with a touch like thunder, sometimes with very tender specks.  ” 
by Elisabeth Höving, WAZ-Recklinghausen

“Intoxicating-clung scales over a furious bass, single tone scales and violently seized chords. Then elegiac: from minimum clay/tone material a small melody rears up and sinks down again. Then the treble underlaid by rhythmically powerful, complex, interwoven patterns.” 
by Veronica Pantel, Westdeutsche Zeitung

“The second movement plays in a sensual way with sound layers, the two other movements radiate motoric energy. Prokoffiev would have had fun, but Barto, too, was entirely in his element” 
by Klaus Lipinski, Ruhr Nachrichten

London Festival of American Music

The premiere of his Clarinet Quintet at the London Festival of American in 2009, brought once again the recognition of European press, namely, from the editor of Musical Opinion, England's oldest music publication. While the youngest ticket on the program, the Clarinet Quintet by Patricio da Silva, programmed against the Ivy-league establishment of Princeton, Harvard and MIT, had the critic and audience alike, celebrating Patricio da Silva's way:

"Patricio da Silvas Clarinet Quintet was quite another matter: here is a genuine creative voice, his work being full of interest and beguiling invention" "The frequent pattern-like rhythmic interests were fascinating. The writing for clarinet was excellent, and the composer was present to acknowledge the prolonged applause.[...] Only Patricio da Silva's piece demonstrated the stylistic consistency of a composer who has something to say, certain of his own direction." in Musical Opinion 

"Patricio da Silvas Clarinet Quintet was quite another matter: here is a genuine creative voice, his work being full of interest and beguiling invention.
The frequent pattern-like rhythmic interests were fascinating.
The writing for clarinet was excellent,
and the composer was present to acknowledge the prolonged applause.
Only Patricio da Silva's piece
demonstrated the stylistic consistency
of a composer who has something to say,
certain of his own direction."

in 
Musical Opinion

Ojai Music Festival

“Patricio da Silva’s ensemble work, “Periodically Aperiodical, Aperiodically Periodical” proved stimulating chaos, small bundles of notes bouncing about unpredictably but pleasingly, like molecules in space.” 
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Forth Worth Symphony New Music Series

“It immediately became apparent that da Silva has a real gift for melody. I found his music lyrical, appealing and original.” 
Olin Chism, Star-Telegram