“I must say that Mr. Korschmin displayed considerable promise. Given the opportunity and an orchestra with which to develop his talents, I am confident that he can achieve much.
Ha has a good grasp of technique (pretty rare amongst conductors these days) and an excellent manner when dealing with musicians. He is energetic and has good podium presence and body language.”
Mr. John Curro AM MBE, AD QYO
Mr and Mrs Helfgott praised members of the Mackay Symphony Orchestra. “I was so excited last night watching the rehearsal and the thing that staggered me is the efficiency and the coordination of the orchestra with David.” she said.
“I’ve heard professional orchestras that haven’t been in sync with David on first rehearsal on many occasions and it’s amazing because the orchestra has only been going since October.” They obviously impressed Mr Helfgott. “Well, he just kissed them all and was just so happy.” Mrs Helfgott said.
“David (Helfgott) is adding an extra dimension to what Sergei is developing within the Orchestra. His energy and passion is both inspiring and enthusing to all he is in contact with … As David’s wife Gillian said: I was quite amazed that a newly-formed orchestra … was playing with such co-ordination and precision under the baton of their inspiring conductor Sergei Korschmin.”
Mr David Helfgott and Mrs Gillian Helfgott
The Daily Mercury,