Press Reviews

MARK SWED – LA Times
“Describing the Igudesman & Joo humor in detail would be to deflate its brilliance. For the put-upon Igudesman, think Jack Benny and Jascha Heifetz rolled into one. For the zany Joo, try an unholy Chico Marx, Vladimir Horowitz and Jerry Lewis mash-up […] The Igudesman & Joo anthem is Gloria Gaynor’s ’70s hit song “I Will Survive.” Igudesman begins it as if singing a Russian folk song, and he electrifies it by playing on the violin strings with an electric swizzle stick (on a priceless 1717 Santo Seraphin violin, no less). Ultimately, it survives — barely and hilariously — as an unclassifiable audience sing-along. But the idea of surviving is also a serious business with these two miraculous performers.”

JOHN MALKOVICH – Actor
“Having had the great pleasure to have shared a stage with my friends Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo, I can tell you that even from up-close they are the real thing. They are extremely funny, very original, and highly-skilled musicians to boot. Their mix of classical music and comedy is absolutely unique”.

GIDON KREMER – Violinist
“The funniest show on music and the life of musicians I have seen since the great Victor Borge. I couldn’t stop crying of laughter for the whole evening.”

TERRY JONES – Monty Python
“Igudesman & Joo bring surrealism to the concert hall and takes its trousers down! Very musical, very engaging and very funny.”

SIR ROGER MOORE – Actor
“A Little Nightmare Music as a title is a misnomer, Hyung-ki and Aleksey are a DREAM …watch them!”

EMANUEL AX – Pianist
“I had the time of my life, when I first saw them live in action, and felt honoured to put in a cameo in some of their sketches!”

BERNARD HAITINK – Conductor
“Igudesman & Joo played at my 80th birthday celebrations. I nearly died laughing. I’d like to invite them back for my 85th, but that might be considered reckless…”

JULIAN RACHLIN – Violinist
“I laugh my head off every time I see them, at the same time as being touched by their wonderful musicianship. They got me, I’m a fan!”

MISCHA MAISKY – Cellist
“Igudesman & Joo are not only musical virtuosi but also comic maestros. Any thing they touch turns to gold.”