The principal cellist of the RSO, Fryer was more than up to the challenge
... Fryer proved that the instrument can definitely stand on its own merit.
An integral part of any orchestra, the cello — in the hands of superb
musician such as Fryer — has the ability to more than hold its own in
While the piece is considering challenging, Fryer appeared to play the
concerto almost effortlessly. It was a joy to behold and hear.
Upon its completion, Fryer and the orchestra were rightly rewarded with
a lengthy standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.
Leader-Post Regina (Dvorak Concerto)
The RSO's principal cellist Simon Fryer played the solo cello part in the Cello
Concerto in E minor, op. 85 by Edward Elgar, masterfully and really made his
mark with the opening recitative.
Fryer let the piece unfold as if it was an improvisation
Simon Fryer’s realization of my intentions was as close to perfection as I
could imagine from a soloist.
Gary Kulesha, composer
a shocking work… handsomely played. (Penderecki Concerto Grosso)
fine playing… particularly Simon Fryer’s haunting cello solos
Globe and Mail
sustained and dramatic line… great intensity and concentration… instinctive balance and sensitivity.
Kelowna Daily Courier
Hats off for Fryer’s presentation of a seldom-heard contemporary composition…
(Rodrigo Concierto como un Divertimento)
Simon Fryer is without a doubt one of Canada’s most important cellists. We have had the opportunity of performing together and found his unusual sensitivity to the chamber music repertoire a joy. He possesses a lyrical approach to his instrument reminiscent of a fine tenor. His recitals present the repertoire with a musical intelligence and unified voice. These performances are simply not to be missed.
The St. Lawrence String Quartet
Simon Fryer demonstrates an excellent command of his instrument as a tool of communication between composer and listener. He plays with masterful technique and beautiful tone. In addition, he has the very appealing attribute of establishing a warm rapport with his audience.
Marilyn Dalzell, CBC
Rarely have we been blessed with such wonderful music making…
John B. Lawson, Q.C., Arts and Letters Club of Toronto