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Mana Washio: Press

"Mana Washio is an exemplary flutist with a brilliant, comprehensive technique and musicianship to match.  These are desirable qualities of course, even obligatory for a professional career.  But the outstanding virtue of her work is the eloquence and compelling expressivity of her playing.  She is not just a well-schooled practitioner.  She is, in sum, an artist."

Yehudi Wyner, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer

"The Rêve d’Amour (Dream of Love) quartet made a strong debut in Boston last night with a program of rarely heard romantic chamber music performed in the elegant but cozy surroundings of the French Cultural Center. A rapt audience of about 30 Francophiles crowded into the center’s reading room for the event.

This new group, made up of four “passionate” women (their term), have performed in various combinations for several years but came together for the first time on Thursday, and now intend to make an impact as a permanent quartet in the Boston area. All the players are from Boston and environs.

Their initial performance focused on French songs and instrumental pieces that drew out the impressive, lyrical talents of cellist Rebecca Hartka, pianist Barbara Lysakowski, soprano Jessica Rossi and flute/piccolo player Mana Washio. The combination provided a kind of magic."