The official website of violinist Martin Stoner
Stoner played with plenty of bravura at the right times.
Stoner… showed a musical communication that produced a viable and at times even a vital, account of the music.
Stoner showed off a big, clean tone and technical command, as well as musicianly variety and shaping of phrase.
Stoner merits special attention for his spirited solo statements.
Stoner had a nice feeling for the [Schubert] and dispatched it with charm. His most successful moments overall were portions of the scherzo movements of the Beethoven and Schubert works, Ysaÿe’s Sonata no. 4 (Finale), and Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois, in all of which he was able to play with abandon.
The full range and capacity of the instrument and extreme virtuosity of Stoner are used magnificently. This composition is a test of the great musician, and Martin’s rendition was beyond comparison with any the reviewer has heard. The technique required for this concerto taxes the full resources of any player. Many succeed only in mastering that, but the fervor, strength, delicacy, fire, are not often expressed as richly as on this occasion… To bring forth such an artist is an extra achievement for the symphony, which in itself is a great asset to the community.