2019 Presentation Featured Artist 2019/20
Featured Artist for Jeunesse 2019/20 see here.
19/12/2018 Salzburger Nachrichten
Feature article about the artist see here. (in German)
‘He would have never thought that he was going to play in the Wiener Musikverein one day. Now he has not even reached the age of 25 and yet he has already got there. Hats off to Benjamin Herzl! Benjamin Herzl has a special relationship to Bach’s Chaconne. The piece had been accompanying him for many years, the violinist explained after having ended it. This had been the first time that he had performed it for a public audience. He has an open manner and bearing, when he plays music and when he speaks to the audience. Wholly unpretentiously, he shares his joy of being able to play in the venerable Musikverein. Fritz Kreisler’s recitative and Scherzo-Caprice op. 6 are interpreted entirely differently by the soloist. Despite the sophisticated bow techniques and plucking styles, Herzl plays effortlessly and as if he was enjoying the challenge. He is visibly having fun playing; through graduated dynamics and intonations, he makes the piece enthralling for the audience. Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice in A minor op. 1/5 follows last. The Capricci by Paganini demand the player to perform breakneck string changes, double grips, and other unusual playing techniques. Especially live, they are a breathtaking spectacle – provided the interpreter can master them. For Benjamin Herzl, this is doubtlessly the case. He can resume the suspense he has built up with Kreisler’s composition. Incredibly fast, his bow is leaping over the strings; not even this high pace lets the fingers get entangled on the fingerboard. Accordingly, the congenial violinist is granted thunderous applause at the end …’
(Translated from German.)
28/08/2017 Ö1 Online
Interview (in German) see here.
See also: National radio feature about Benjamin Herzl Ö1 (Media)
22/09/2015 Drehpunkt Kultur / Salzburger Kulturzeitung
‘The young violinist indulges the senses virtually from the first bow stroke with his sound both vigorous and rich in timbre. Crystal clear in his intonation, he keeps the tone velvety as well as bright and brilliant. The Adagio’s seemingly simple melodic cantilena, sonorously burgeoning again and again, will stay in the memories of the audience; so will the sparkling energy with which Benjamin Herzl dived himself and the “Salzburg Strings” into the Allegro assai.’
(Translated from German.)
2015 Neuß-Grevenbroicher Zeitung
”The young star-violinist Benjamin Herzl presented his virtuoso perfection and spoiled our hearts during the encore with the theme melody of ”Schindler’s list”, which was written by John Williams.“
”… The only one to really impress in the ”Große Festspielhaus” ( Great Festival Hall of Salzburg) was soloist Benjamin Herzl. A novelty was the Carmen-fantázia op. 3/3 from Jenö Hubay, during which the young Benjamin Herzl was able to present all the facets of his skills in the shortest amount of time. A so-called ”violinist of the devil” in the succession of his teacher Benjamin Schmid who with virtuosity managed to sonorously exhaust the G-string as well as feeling himself into the highest harmonics…“
28/12/14 Salzburger Kronenzeitung
Debut in the ”Große Festspielhaus”
”His grand performance”
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2012 Passauer Neue Presse
”The violinist from Salzburg Benjamin Herzl knows how to captivate the audience from the first note on with his remarkable substantial sound that satisfies in all ranges – from the flute-like flageolet to the G-string’s earthy sound, from the frantic arpeggio to the lugubrious cantilena.
The superiorly differentiated bowing technique and deliberately dosed vibrato give his play clear contours and his skills in positioning the fretting hand seem nearly artistic, thereby creating the impression of a playful lightness even during the most virtuoso passages of Mozart’s sonata for violin in F major, Brahm’s sonata for violin in D minor and Hubay’s ”Carmen”-fantasia. And still Herzl does not celebrate a series of acrobatic acts of vanity. He especially demonstrates his feel for the technical and emotional insides of music and the interweaving and interaction of smallest details and comprehensive arcs of suspense during the Brahms - sonata. The audience gets swept along until the last chords.
2007 Mannheimer Morgen
The kick-off constituted Mozart’s concerto for violin in D major K. 211 with Benjamin Herzl, an only 13-year-old, trained at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. On his ”Carlo Antonio Testore”-violin he mastered the hardest passages of the concerto like a professional, leaving the audience in astonishment. Especially impressive were the artist’s depth and his high musicality. Jubilation and joy, rich sounds and a lot of expression could be enjoyed during the outer movements. During the slow movement it felt like silent sorrow was playing with quiet hope.