"ONE OF THE LEADING SOLOISTS OF HIS GENERATION"
Some of the most beautiful and challenging late Romantic and Neo-Romantic repertoire for the trumpet [...] Sommerhalder’s playing is always resonant and agile. His sound is complemented by a most vocal and expressive vibrato [...] His articulation is brilliant and clear, and he grabs the listener immediately from the first notes [...] The most technically impressive and musically satisfying recording featuring the trumpet that this reviewer has heard in quite some time [...] Giuliano Sommerhalder takes his rightful place as one of the leading soloists of his generation.
Mar 1, 2010, Brian Shaw, The International Trumpet Guild Journal (Davenport, U.S.A.)
"A SUPREME MUSICIAN"
The soloist, Swiss trumpeter Giuliano Sommerhalder, winner of the Concertino Praga and Prague Spring (2003) contests, presented himself as a supreme musician who shuns showmanship and is right on the stylistic mark. The performances of both the introductory Concerto No. 2 in C major for trumpet [by Michael Haydn] and – especially – the Concerto in E flat major by Jan Krtitel Neruda were delightful in their balanced timbre and technical accuracy, especially in the higher registers.
Jul 1, 2005, Jindrich Balek, "Das Orchester" (Mainz)
"RICHLY COLOURFUL PERFORMANCE"
The young prodigy Giuliano Sommerhalder gave a richly colourful performance of the charming but delicate Hummel concerto (occasionally giving us a bit of fright), elegantly combining an accomplished technique with natural and intelligently cultivated musicianship. [...] Sommerhalder went on to show [...] how [...] the music could soar without restraint, beautifully and full of life. [...] his Jolivet flashed with the kind of mastery reserved for the really great talents ...
Dec 1, 2003, Jean-Pierre Mathez, Brass Bulletin (Vuarmarens)
"HE OBVIOUSLY ENJOYED PERFORMING...
...He obviously enjoyed performing with [...] the Munich Chamber Orchestra [...] The audience’s reaction to his relaxed attitude and to the superior style in which he performed the Trumpet Concerto by Joseph Haydn was spontaneous.
Sep 10, 2003, Sibylle Kayser, Süddeutsche Zeitung (München)
The trumpet concerti of Alessandro Stradella and Tomaso Albinoni, highly musically played by [...] Giuliano Sommerhalder, were enthusiastically acclaimed.
Dec 5, 2002, Alfred Zimmerlin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zürich)
[...] was [...] acclaimed like the sparkling garlands of notes that Giuliano Sommerhalder, the soloist in Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, effortlessly flung into the Mastersinger Hall.
Feb 28, 2002, j.v., Nürnberger Nachrichten (Nürnberg)