Testimonials 2016

Lynn Harrell
Lynn Harrell; World Renowned Cellist

“Holly Mulcahy is well known to me as a friend and musician of stature for a number of years. Her playing is superb with an accurate sense of rhythm and lyrical quality. In addition, she has leadership qualities and works well with others. A flexible and strong personality that is very attuned to creating a good working relationship to foster a high artistic achievement. I very much recommend her to any serious ensemble looking for a leading excellent player.”

Jim Stephenson
Jim Stephenson; composer

I said this to the audience before the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera performance of my “Tributes” Violin concerto, but I’d like the opportunity to say it again:

We composers (obviously) are happy when are music gets played.
We are even happier when it gets played beautifully.

But when – in the process – we also form deep meaningful friendships with those who go through the trouble of learning our (many) notes, this – THIS – is what makes life worth living.

And so, I’d like to sincerely thank Holly Mulcahy for her exquisite playing of my violin concerto last night. This will remain with me forever.

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Douglas Hedwig; critic and composer

Throughout the duration of this astounding and beautiful concerto, we heard Mulcahy demonstrate extraordinary technical command, tonal sheen, intensity and refined musical taste, a delightful blend of power and intimacy, but always with her own distinctive sound.

Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/2/2017 on Mulcahy’s performance of James Stephenson’s Concerto for Violin “Tributes”

George Clinton
George Clinton; Award winning film composer and songwriter

“[Holly] plays beautifully, but beyond that, [she] has an infectious enthusiasm and energy that inspires the rest of the orchestra.”

Todd Thomas
Todd Thomas; Baritone

“I believe in large part, the musical success of my recent TOSCA performance with OPERA CEDAR RAPIDS was due in large part to the leading and sensitive playing of the concert mistress, HOLLY MULCAHY.With a talented and gifted conductor on the podium, (Daniel Kleinknecht) I sensed in large part, he could give a great deal of attention to the stage, knowing the orchestra was in secure and gifted hands of the Concert Mistress.

As I recall, the TOSCA performances were as close to a chamber music feeling of collaboration as it possibly could be. In simple terms, I sensed that the entire orchestra, upon the leading of HOLLY took an active listening role as much as playing. HOLLY was always a personable and consummate professional. I sensed a great deal of respect shown to her and from her form the other musicians in the pit, the maestro and the singers on stage as well. Holly was a superb CM in every regard.”

Jennifer Higdon
Jennifer Higdon; Composer

“Working with Holly Mulcahy was fantastic. She’s a superb musician and a great colleague. I always think my Piano Trio is a great way test for violinists, because it has such wildly varying moods: long and lyrical lines, delicately played, and then racing and driving rhythms, moving at top speeds with intensity. Holly nailed it all splendidly. I would work with her again any chance I could. She was wonderful.”

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George Daugherty; Conductor & Creator of the Emmy Award-winning program Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

“As a perpetually-traveling guest conductor, I am fortunate to stand in front of 30 or more major American, Canadian, and international orchestras per year. And as such, I am equally fortunate to regularly work with some of the most talented concertmasters in the symphony world.

I would consider Holly Mulcahy among the upper echelon of those concertmasters. She combines an extraordinary set of skills that I consider optimum as a concertmaster, colleague, and collaborator. It starts with her exquisite playing, which is technically extraordinary, while at the same possessed of rich musicality and a gorgeous, full-bodied tone. Her stylistic knowledge is widely diverse and unfailing correct, and she maintains a wonderful rapport with her colleagues while at the same time maintaining an astute ability to lead. She is highly respected by all who have worked with her.

She is a delight with whom to make music, and as a conductor I can unequivocally say that she makes my job easier, and infinitely more enjoyable. The conductor / concertmaster relationship is a crucial one, and I can think of nobody that I would rather have immediately to my left than Holly Mulcahy.”

Bob Bernhardt
Bob Bernhardt; Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

“It was consistently reassuring to have [Holly as concertmaster], leading so effortlessly, and by example, respectful yet firm when necessary, sense of humor at the ready… Let’s do more please!”

Bob Christianson
Bob Christianson; Composer/Arranger & Executive Producer ``A Christmas Carol; The Concert

“Holly Mulcahy was not only an excellent concertmaster for the orchestra, but her “Irish Fiddle” solo in the song “Dance Your Christmas” gave the show it’s first standing ovation of the night. We were really lucky to have Holly on board!”

Mel Wilhoit; critic

“Mulcahy seemed to meet the musical demands with ease and assurance. Her intonation was impeccable, and she dazzled with the mid-movement cadenza…With the final rousing chord, Mulcahy received cheers and cries of Bravo”

Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/13/2015 on Mulcahy’s performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto

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