"Barnes’ career choice seems almost pre-ordained."
“…played passiontely by Ariel Barnes…”
BBC Music Magazine
"Barnes bow work is elegant, his attacks dead-on, his command of a full palette of colors nothing short of impressive."
“…the ability to reach deep into his listeners’ souls…”
Music On Main
"Truly an inspiring Artist...it's always an event when he performs. (Ariel Barnes) is the outstanding Canadian Cellist of his generation."
Grammy and Juno Award Winning Maestro Bramwell Tovey
“Thought provoking…sheds new light on this work by drawing out expressive elements only hinted at in harpsichord or modern piano performance.” (J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations arr. Sitkovetsky)
"...his lucious tone and technical prowess marks him as a musician of real stature."
“Cellist Ariel Barnes, gave the night’s most mesmerizing musical experience… The epic nature of this composition was expressed ideally by Ariel’s dazzling technique and personal connection.”
The Live Music Report, Toronto, Canada