“Yamagami showed great flexibility […] Her voicings, especially in the second movement (Hindemith Cello Sonata) are human, alive, full of goofy humour, and fun. […] Kaori’s rhythmic strength, her sense of dramatic voicing, and her humour were outstanding."

“Innovative Yamagami is one to follow. […] Yamagami’s phenomenal control was there from the first notes – as were the yummy, molasses-thick tones. […] The new piece written for Yamagami by Kuzmenko […] did give Yamagami opportunity to show how one, long sweep of a bow can be broken down into myriad shades of meaning and colour. […] Let’s hope this recital was more but a teaser for many more Toronto appearances in the future.”
Toronto Star

“Yamagami convinced with richness in sound, temperament and artistic wealth of ideas, as if playing the cello, which she began already at the age of three, has become second nature to her.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“The hight point of the evening was the extracts from the eight “Pieces for Cello and Piano op. 79” by the relatively unknown friend of Brahms, Theodor Kirchner. Markus Groh received the empathetic support from the brilliant Canadian cellist Kaori Yamagami”
Märkische Oderzeitung about the Bebersee Festival

“The concert was delightful, full of sunshine and subtlety, lyricism and excitement. […] Yamagami responded to the usual demands of this witty, desolated work with zest, grace and humour.”
Showtime Magazine Canada

“The eyebrows drawn together, the facial expression highly concentrated: that is how the Canadian Kaori Yamagami sat in the Altarraum of the Johanniskirche, in order to elicit her passionately vibrant cantilenas or radiant runs.”
Neue Musikzeitung, NMZ

“Yamagami is a very unique individual to hear perform. […] We are left wondering if playing this music “feeds” her soul, or sucks life from her. […] This is what “true dedication” looks like.”
The Tiger’s Eye Canada, Vancouver Festival

“With her dash and limitless spectrum of bow colours […] she is destined to greatness”
The Vancouver Sun

“As she played the two playful and easy going Bourees (Bach Suite), a smile appeared magically on her face before she effortlessly mastered the Gigue.”
Münsterland Zeitung

Musician’s Quotes

“She is a dedicated musician, which I’m sure will succeed in her pursuit in music.”
Boris Pergamenschikow

“Kaori Yamagami is an outstanding young cellist on the highest level, with a brilliant technique as well as the personality of a true performer.”
Frans Helmerson
(cellist of Michelangelo Quartet and Professor at Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler Berlin)

“Kaori Yamagami is one of the most promising young artists on the international scene today.”
Paul Katz
(founder of Cleveland Quartet)

“Kaori Yamagami is one of the most interesting young cellists that I know, for her instrumental and musical talent and for the vitality and intensity that she can express in her performances.”
Mario Brunello