New York Times, July 21, 2015 — “The revelation of the pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s perfectly conceived recital on Sunday evening at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College didn’t come in one of the Liszt or Chopin pieces. It was the contemporary work sandwiched between them: Yehudi Wyner’s ‘Toward the Center,’ a solo written in 1988 to commemorate the retirement of a longtime teacher at the Yale School of Music.”
Boston Globe, July 13, 2015 — “Wyner and Stoltzman, longtime colleagues, seemed to ruminate in tandem while tracing Wyner's musical lineage. The 1939 Sonata by Wyner’s teacher, Paul Hindemith, coursing with well-balanced neo-classicism, was given sturdy, rich treatment; Wyner’s own ‘Commedia,’ from 2003, uses recognizably similar language, but in more free-range fashion, veering from mood to mood with casual volatility. It was tailored to Stoltzman’s idiosyncratic sound and style, tone triangulating between the instrument’s concert-hall purity and its more florid jazz personality, communication generous but also almost reflexively intimate.”
Gloucester Times, July 5, 2015 — “A rare opportunity presents itself when a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and a two-time Grammy Award-winning musician perform Friday night at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.
Even more rare are when the two are teacher and student, as is the case with Yehudi Wyner, a pianist, who was a professor at Yale University in 1965 when Richard Stoltzman, a clarinetist, was his student. ...
[O]n the program is a piece by Wyner, who taught at Yale from 1963 to 1977,written for Stoltzman in 2003 titled ‘Commedia for clarinet and piano.’
‘It’s electrifying and so satisfying to perform with him. He plays music as a composer. He’s not just reading the notes, he’s engrossing himself in the composition,’ said Stoltzman. ‘We have been playing together close to 20 years. I don’t think people realize this but composers keep changing their mind about things. (Wyner) wrote this about 12 years ago but every time we play it, he changes things, actual notes. He adds layers of meaning and difficulty so you are always challenged.’”