"A VIOLINIST ON A GRAND SCALE.. Ms. Kimura's activity gives us bright hopes for the future... her wide range of talent is extremely valuable. "
"KIMURA LEAVES NO DOUBT: THE FORCE IS WITH HER. Kimura's virtuosity is channeled in the service of extending the long and honored tradition of solo violin music." --CHARLES AMIRKHANIAN
"OUT OF THIS GALAXY.. One of the best improvisers I have ever played with or heard..." --HENRY KAISER
"A REMARKABLE DEBUT... With a relaxed agility and mastery of 20th-century bowing and plucking techniques, Ms. Kimura created a series of musical worlds at the border of the technically possible. Chilling... gripping... charming... Ms. Kimura is a virtuoso playing at the edge."
Violinist tests limits in music of her time, Edward Rothstein, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"FEROCIOUSLY GUTTURAL POWER", Zackary Woolfe, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Fascinating... Few musicians have the combination of artistry and scientific inquisitiveness of violinist Mari Kimura" The STRAD (Sept. 2017)
"..quite incredible Japanese violin virtuoso... with a STRATOSPHERIC TECHNIQUE" Paul Hertelendy, ArtsSF
"VIOLIN VIRTUOSO MARI KIMURA CAN DO INCREDIBLE THINGS.... [she] reveals herself to be a virtuoso multitasker, having to read music, keep up with her computer program, be in control of her hand movements and play violin at the same time. It makes for a performance unlike any violin soloist's you've come across previously.
"MARI KIMURA IS TO THE VIOLIN WHAT PERHAPS HENRY COWELL AND LATER JOHN CAGE WERE TO THE PIANO in the 1920’s and 30’s—taking it into the future with extended techniques and sounds."
Barry Cohen, NEW MUSIC CONNOISSEUR
"FASCINATING VIRTUOSIC AND VERSATILE violinist and composer Mari Kimura in ECO II where a wildly luxuriant violinistic sound, both dramatic and seemingly naturally developed, resounded and expanded through an electronic medium.....this musician instigated processes that complemented her own dynamic vitality. "
"MUNSTER HAD HEARD THE MUSIC NOT OF THE PRESENT BUT RATHER FROM THE FUTURE. [Mari Kimura] pushes the possibilities that her artistic situation offers her to its limits. ...She composes intricately virtuostic 'Capriccios' .... She plays interactively with a laptop computer at her side yet she insists on the artist's expressive independence in respect to the machine.
MUNSTERSCHE ZEITUNG, GERMANY
"ENTRANCING...DELICATE AND AGONIZINGLY BEAUTIFUL..."
ARRAY, Vol. 17, no.3
"MOST THRILLING TO HEAR MARI KIMURA'S ALMOST DEMONIC, UNSTOPPABLE SOLO VIOLIN..."
"ASTONISHING VITALITY...Japan may be too small for her..."
"SUPERB TALENT AS A COMPOSER..."
"KIMURA DEMONSTRATED HER VIRTUOSITY as a musician and inventiveness as a composer."
THE DAILY YOMIURI
"A SUPER VIOLINIST....unique sensitivity...seemingly magical"
" ...POWERFUL PERFORMANCE...IMPRESSIVE..."
"The use of technology is at the service of the performer and has been carefully designed to be flexible and expressive. In Kimura’s hands the results are a highly expressive music that is warm and organic, rich in color and nuance. Highly recommended."
AMN Reviews for Voyage Apollonian
The Juilliard Journal for The World Below G (read the entire review)
"Dazzling...a plugged-in Paganini for the digital age."
All Music Guide for POLYTOPIA (read the entire review)
"SIMPLY STUNNING...Kimura brings a rare level of excitement and grandeur to improvised music."
"Avant Violinists" CD review of "LEYENDAS" in STRINGS MAGAZINE
"ARRESTING...EXTRAORDINARY...a unique contemporary artist to be watched and listened to. Rarely have we encountered a musician so adept at both live and electronic creativity."
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS for "U" (CORMORANT) ICMC 1992 CD
"THIS PLAYFUL DUO IS THE ANTITHESIS OF THE "DUO" IN ITS COMBATIVE MEANING...Before the paint is dry, the brush is carried on to the next stroke; the sound is always evolving and transforming...." JAZZ REVIEW for IRREFRAGABLE DREAMS, a duo album with Robert Dick
"IT'S VIOLINIST KIMURA WHO STEALS THE SHOW"
THE WIRE, a CD review for ACOUSTIC,
improvisation with Henry Kaiser, Jim O'Rouke and John Oswald