John Musto                            Composer/Pianist

"Musto's many songs are treasures of the American repertory, and here he establishes himself with even more distinction as a skilled opera composer."   - Musical America

“Musto is the real thing, a quite flawless musician, with superb chops and lyric instincts.  He’s sophisticated as hell and can write a great tune...He is not just the leading vocal composer of his generation, but perhaps also the leading one of opera."   - Fanfare Magazine

“ A masterpiece was born Wednesday night at the Barns of Wolf Trap. Ben Jonson's 399-year-old play  Volpone  took on a new life in the world premiere of an opera of the same name by composer John Musto…This opera is likely to be taken up by many other American companies.”   - The Washington Post

"Musto spins flaxen pop into golden art."  - New York Newsday

“These are bold, proud, unapologetically expressive concertos that, judging from Musto’s playing of their solo parts, were unquestionably written by a card- carrying pianist of significant gifts.”   - International Record Review

“I don’t know any full-time composer today who plays with greater panache.”  

- The New York Observer

John Musto's two piano concertos are works of enormous imagination, freshness and feeling that require a soloist who combines sensitivity with almost ferocious virtuosity.  As this new disc reveals, the composer had the ideal pianist in mind when writing the concertos – himself. ”  - Gramophone Magazine

"He is a communicative composer, seeking to go beyond scene or character and create music that is memorable on its own terms."     - The Washington Post