"Soloist Simons tore into the Villa-Lobos with precision beyond ordinary studio standards and with a depth of feeling to match Diemecke's."
LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM
"Simons played quirky music to which he had a personal connection, and once again proved irresistible. A cool operator on stage, Simons played without score and with wonderful assurance...There was no mistaking the intonation and Paganini-like ability to make virtuosity look easy.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Superb Simons soars above the best... this was a brilliant performance... he played with all the nonchalance of an impish Paganini. His tone was both strong and forceful and he was able to draw an exquisite sweetness out of his instrument... Marijn played with incredible virtuosity..."
"Dutch violinist Marijn Simons made his UK debut in a tremendous reading of Saint-Saëns' violin concerto in B minor. Rather than your average flash in the pan prodigy, Simons is already composing music on a scale that suggests a substantial career in the making."
"...The event of the evening was the soloist, the 16 year old Dutchman Marijn Simons. Obviously the Lord God had laid a violin in his cradle. He performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with a simple boyish carefree manner, perfect mature technique, a flourishing tone, a compelling spirit, breathtaking musicality and without any respect for the feared double stops and octaves. It was simply overwhelming.
When you have experienced the mannered vanity of Anne Sophie Mutter, this violin playing is a purifying rejuvenation. Not only with his performance of Mendelssohn, but as an encore he played a daredevil Paganini Capriccio with the same sympathetic confident, but modest attitude. An exceptional talent, who will without doubt make a name for himself. Thunderous applause and again an incredible excitement in the auditorium."
"Aachen. It rarely happens that the audience in the Eurogress is so affected by a soloist with heart and soul as by the 16 year old violinist Marijn Simons. The young master from Geleen turned his performance into a personal triumph.
The Dutchman showed everything an artist of his age needs to win the sympathy of the audience. He radiated (including his blue waistcoat) the colour of youthfulness in the rather monotone concert hall, showed plenty of spirit and a sparkle of frivolity in his playing, which can be a risky undertaking, however this led to a phenomenal performance.
Accompanied harmoniously, and with flexibility, by the Symphony Orchestra Aachen, conducted by the Sicilian guest conductor Giuseppe Cataldo, Simons' playing in the first part (Andante) of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto had a contagious effect by his wholehearted invigorating freshness. His sonorous violin tone filled the hall like a delightful silver-like stream - anyone able to control his emotions would have had to be made of stone."