• "Dalal opened with a fizzing performance of Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, and an even more searching examination in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. There was no doubting Dalal’s ability to use it all to maximum effect."

    - Andrew Clements – The Guardian

  • A Persuasive UK Debut from India’s first-ever symphony orchestra.
    "...this is a serious outfit with a rich, grainy sound and some striking individual players. Under its director, British-born conductor Zane Dalal, the orchestra launched with a performance of Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture that whirled along at a startling pace.

    "...the performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was a full blooded and stirring rendition."

    - Ivan Hewett – The Daily Telegraph ★★★★ Four Star Review

  • "Conducting here was ...subtle and stylish, Dalal carefully teasing at the shifts in tempi and pulling out the nuances of the work. In a performance which could rival some of Europe’s major orchestras, the SOI wove a vivid tapestry evocative of Scheherazade’s tales, with soaring woodwind, punchy brass and warm strings. This is clearly an orchestra that’s going places."

    - Miranda Hegge – The Arts Desk.

  • "...the conductor was the elegant, clear-beating and obviously assiduous rehearser Zane Dalal (I would love to hear him conduct The Rite of Spring). He framed Peshkar with a brilliant Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture and a stirring Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade. ... the whole concept worked well as chamber-music played on a huge symphonic canvas."

    - Christopher Morley – Midlands Classical Music Making

  • "Stepping in for the second and third performances (La Bohème)... Zane Dalal ... held everything together with complete fluency.
    ...these performances captured the enduring freshness of Puccini’s opera…truer to the spirit of the piece…than many a grander production."

    - John Allison – OPERA NOW – April 2017

  • "Suddenly it became thrilling, the orchestral players under conductor Zane Dalal flinging off jagged melodic patterns with admirable panache, Hussain matching them stroke for stroke."

    - Ivan Hewett - Daily Telegraph, London

  • "Zane Dalal shaped Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra” with extreme care, … sensuous and serene beauty, which makes this masterwork an ‘experience’."

    - Rolf App - St.Gallen Tagblatter

  • "... a standing ovation, quite uncharacteristic for St. Gallen"

    - Rolf App - St.Gallen Tagblatter

  • "...The Symphony Orchestra of India under Zane Dalal was indeed pure enjoyment."

    - Rolf App - St.Gallen Tagblatter

  • "Zane Dalal...impressive stature and a solid musical background"

    - Sylvie Bonier – Le Temps, Genève

  • "...the musicians ...under the baton of Zane Dalal…displayed a vitality and a mastery which would have won the unreserved approval of Bartok and Smetana."

    - Sylvie Bonier – Le Temps, Genève

  • "The orchestra ...demonstrated its level impressively in the Tonhalle with the understated and masterful conductor Zane Dalal"

    - Herbert Büttiker - Zürcher Unterländer

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