Concerto for Violin and Orchestra recieved its premiere March 17, 2012 with Violinist Huifang Chen and the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra, Andrés Jiame, conductor.Sleeper's VIolin Concerto Receives and Exceptional Premiere:
.......Chen was equal to the formidable challenges of Sleeper’s score. Her dark tonal shadings and rich vibrato fit the late romantic glint of the first two movements like a glove. In the barn-burning finale, Chen summoned the speed and articulation to sail through the multiple hurdles. Combining fire and finesse, Chen gave an exceptional performance of this intense new showpiece........
"Seven Miniatures for violin and piano (2005) were composed for violinist Huifang Chen.........The finale Ethonis is a fiery tour de force. Chen’s fine technique, wide rubato and rapid articulation were well displayed in these pieces."
By Lawrence Budmen
Feb. 24th, 2011
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“The superb musicianship of violinist Huifang Chen … guaranteed a riveting performance.”Lawrence Budmanwww.lawrencebudman.com March 11, 2007Read the Full Review
“The Boca Symphonia's strings were smooth as silk under Willis's subtly nuanced direction. Concertmaster Huifang Chen and Principal violist Scott O'Donnell contributed eloquent, richly burnished solo turns.…”Lawrence BudmanMusic and Vision DailyJanuary 12, 2006Read the Full Review
“Led by concertmaster Huifang Chen, the Symphonia strings acquitted themselves well in the demanding exposed writing, bringing out the crystalline radiance even with the violins ascending to stratospheric heights.”Lawrence JohnsonSun SentinelDec. 21, 2005Read the Full Review
“Whirling, buzzing triplets in the violin (marvelously played by Huifang Chen) dominate No. 2, while two repeated, dry pizzicato notes provide the nagging momentum for No. 5.”Greg StepanichPalm Beach PostNov. 30, 2005Read the Full Review