"The Fire Dance Duo
is a piece of strong character
and vitality with a propulsive rhythmic energy
that will engage players and listeners alike."
• Victor Rosenbaum, Pianist (Faculty member, New England Conservatory, Mannes College of Music,
former Director of the Longy School of Music)
"Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross Javel, as The Four-Hand Piano Duo have performed several concerts at the Boston Public Library
to very enthusiastic audiences. They play classical music with great passion and sensitivity. Their introductions to the pieces were spot-on and added enormously to the enjoyment of the music. We will be glad to have them again to transport us to a beautiful and exciting world of music!"
•Steven Dunhouse, Librarian, Boston Public Library
"As a creative and thoughtful teacher whose work is inspired by her own students, Donna Gross Javel's piano compositions are lyrical and delightfully unpredictable, yet always firmly anchored by a strong rhythmic foundation."
•Amy Greer, Pianist, Columnist for 'The American Music Teacher'
"I want to thank you and Bonnie for performing in our Bach's Lunch Concert Series at the Nashua Public Library
in July. Your dynamic and energizing program treated us to a musically and visually enriching experience.
With your warm, engaging personalities, you and Bonnie connected with the audience immediately, preceding each work with behind-the-scenes tidbits about the composers or the music to enhance people's appreciation
of the music.
Your lively program was a highlight of this summer's Bach's Lunch season. I think that the reason we enjoyed large turnouts at subsequent concerts in the series was that the audience left your concert thirsting for more..."
•Carol Luers Eyman, Outreach and Community Services Coordinator, Nashua
Public Library, NH
"It was an absolute DELIGHT having you and Bonnie join us
on Monday morning!!!! You bring so much light
and energy into a room - it's quite contagious! Everyone who was
at the lecture/demonstration has been emailing me to say "Bravo!
That was great!" Perhaps we can see you perform again soon!
Love your piano music that I purchased. I've already started sharing
it with a few students this week! Thanks, once again for inspiring
us, educating us and giving us a bit of beauty to listen to during
that cold wintry day!"
• Lauren Averill, North Shore Piano Teachers' Guild, member; piano
teacher for 30 years
"The Four-Hand Piano Duo presented a spectacular concert
at our First Sundays Classical Concerts. The energy and excitement
Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross Javel generated by their performance
sparked a spontaneous standing ovation from our audience. Bonnie
and Donna delighted the audience with their introductions and
stories of the composers, and then brought us all on a magnificent
musical voyage that started with great works by the well-known
composers Mozart and Debussy to new music by still living composers.
Their comfort with the music and their ease in front of the audience
helped everyone relax and enjoy the music. They know how to make
the music timely, relevant and accessible to all!"
Kathy Cryan-Hicks, Head of Community Services Department, Chelmsford
Public Library, MA
"Pianist Donna Gross Javel is the complete performer: virtuosic,
nuanced, smart, and engaging. Her solo playing is beautiful and
transporting. Her duet playing with Bonnie Anderson is as fine
an example of ensemble piano as you'll find: two players reacting
and sounding like one. These pianists give new life to the four-hand
literature. Donna also speaks about music with passion and wit,
and her own compositions have exactly these qualities."
• Josh Shapiro, Co-Founder of the Classical Piano Concert Series,
Parish Center for the Arts, Westford, MA
"I'm so happy I had the privilege of hearing you speak about
how a piano teacher can work successfully with families of young
students. Your ideas were comprehensive in every way -- in the
breadth of subjects you addressed, and the richness with which
you addressed each subject. I was also touched by the compassion
you showed every group and individual you mentioned. As a teacher
whose teaching is spread out among so many different types of
students, I am grateful that you have become such an expert in
working with children and their families (or should I say families
and their children), and that you took the time to share your
thoughts with our group. I needed it! When is your book coming
Teresa Dybvig, Director, The Balanced Pianist
"Donna Gross Javel has been one of the top pianists
who has performed at Orchard Cove, a continuing-care retirement
community located in Canton, MA. Audience responses have been
overwhelmingly positive, leaving our enthusiastic audience clamoring
for more. We routinely ask for feedback from our community, and
our activities committee is very active in reviewing performers.
Comments include "This was a superb evening!" and "A
beautiful piano ensemble with charming and attractive artists."
Donna Gross Javel, who performed with fellow pianist, Bonnie Anderson,
is extremely professional, vibrant, and knowledgeable, giving
background comments about the pieces being performed. We look
forward to upcoming performances with Ms. Gross Javel and as one
of our residents wrote "We would absolutely suggest a return
engagement whenever it can be arranged."
• Sandra Spring, Director of Activities, Orchard Cove, Canton, MA
The Four-Hand Piano Duo of Bonnie Anderson
and Donna Gross Javel was featured in 'Best Bets' Northwest section
of the April 1, 2007 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe.
"Again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you. It
is always a delight to have you and Bonnie here. I wish that all
of our performers were as talented and personable as you two -
I'm not saying that as idle praise – it is truly wonderful
that you share your talent and lively spirit with us."
Kingsbury, Assistant Director of Resident Programs, Newbury Court,
"The residents love listening to your performances. You bring
joy to anyone who listens to you."
Elyse Golibroda, former Director of Resident Programming, Lasell
Village, Auburndale, MA
"The Four-Hand Piano Duo presents a very special concert
played with enthusiasm and high energy. You will be touched by
Donna Gross Javel and Bonnie Anderson's ease and grace of which
they play. If you have not seen four-hand pianists play, they
are definitely not to be missed."
Rosalie C. Bloom, Fox Hill Village, Westwood, MA
"Thanks to Donna Gross Javel’s musical expertise and creativity, the pool of enchanting elementary-intermediate solo piano selections has been greatly expanded."
• IAWM Journal, Score Review, 2009 June Issue