Critical Acclaim

[Statement from M. Rostropovich]
In my opinion, Makris is a great composer.
Mstislav Rostropovich, Conductor & Cellist
Aegean Festival Overture
Generally a rousing affair…boisterous and full of Grecian brio. It contains a slow section which is soon replaced by the happy mood of the first part and ends, as it began, in a veritable aural cloud of color.
Jeanne Suhrheinrich, Evansville Courier
A delightful work…expertly orchestrated and constructed with humor and sensitivity in an appealing idiom.
Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post
Makris’ three-movement ‘Anamnesis’ (Remembrance) is a robust and flavorful piece, gleaming with varied instrumental color and full of the melodic turns and heady rhythms of the composer’s native land.
John H. Harvey, St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press
Downright romantic…well organized and brilliantly orchestrated.
Cal Lampley, Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting
A work of bouncy exuberance that reveals the composer’s Greek heritage as well as his skill at handling the orchestral palette.
Martin Goldsmith, WETA Radio
Concerto Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra
Attractive work that should be heard often, soulful in its slow opening and compelling in the vivid rhythms of its second movement, a tour de force for violin and percussion.”
Joseph McClellan, The Washington Post
This is a bright sun-splashed canvas of orchestral color. Its tricky, shifting rhythms are infectious and happily conceived.
Irving Lowens, Washington Star-News
A stunning, bright and intriguing bit of writing which we’d like to hear again.
The Record-Argus, Greenville, Pennsylvania
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