Eric Himy

The Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Himy Delivers Piano Pyrotechnics at U.

Pianist Eric Himy distinguished the University of Utah Summer Arts Festival with a powerhouse recital that had to be seen to believe. His marathon concert July 31 in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall didn't seem to fatigue Himy in the least -- although his audience was left in one breathless state after another.

Himy discovered a luscious romanticism in three sonatas by Scarlatti. He magically intertwined the lyrical lines throughout the contrapuntal fabric.

No color in the aural palette was left untouched as Himy evoked all sorts of pleasures and passions from Ravel's ultra-impressionistic suite Miroirs. There is hardly a pianist alive who could equal Himy's pyrotechnic deliverance of the set's most imaginative finale, Alborada del gracioso.

Chopin's Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2, gave this guest artist a wonderful platform to bring a multifaceted singing quality to this familiar gem. By contrast, Himy burned the barn with the Paganini/Liszt La Campanella. It was a wonder that no one called the fire department. One extra note would have literally set the piano ablaze.

Ravel's tour de force Gaspard de la Nuit was a marvel as Mr. Himy's fingers ran all the technical hurdles with plenty of savoir-faire in this impressionistic masterpiece and the finale, Scarbo, left the audience in a state of disbelief.

The Soirée de Vienne of Schubert/Liszt was uneventful at its outset. But this piece finished off with genuine charm and wit.

Returning to Ravel for a whopping conclusion, Himy's own mega-transcription of La Valse capped off the evening with grandiose flair (if one doesn't count the three encores).

Jeff Manookian
Special to The Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune

Discovering Eric Himy, February 23, 2009

My wife and I were floored by the amazing Mr Eric Himy (pronounced as “steamy”). His Master Class/Concert at the Blackrock Center for the Performing Arts in Germantown, MD, Sunday Feb. 22, 2009 was a revelation.

Himy gave us a history lesson as well performing some of the finest piano works of Gershwin, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel. His American in Paris was superb as were Three Preludes, and numbers from Porgy and Bess and some of his more familiar Broadway show tunes. The way Himy tied in the influence of Debussy, Ravel and Liszt was mesmerizing. We are buying all of his music. He is a treasure.

Henry Thierry (Gaithersburg, MD)