"Pianist Iwaasa quite simply pulls no punches, attacking each composer's work with passion, intensity and the nuanced playing she's acclaimed for. . . she manages to instill a sense of dynamic tension and pull to every note."
"The outrageously talented Vancouver pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa has united her favourite composers for this adventurous debut album inspired by the heavens... Iwaasa deftly spans an array of atmospheres with impressive mastery and stylistic clarity"
- Musicworks Magazine
"Canada is blessed with a remarkable roster of talented pianists who are dedicated to championing work by our country’s composers. We can add Vancouver’s Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa to that roster... Iwaasa covers a range of moods and styles with great mastery...Matching “Cosmophony” with George Crumb’s ambitious Makrokosmos Volume II: 12 Fantasy Pieces after the Zodiac is a brilliant touch of programming, not only for its showcasing of Iwaasa’s full virtuosity – calling on a range of extended techniques – but also for its counterpoint to the more traditional technique required by the Canadian collaborators. Excellent recording" - WholeNote Magazine
"Brilliant… Unforgettable … A fascinating adventure about unimaginable largeness and gravity, unknowable states, an invitation to wonder."
"Iwaasa was born to play this music"
"Planets inspire musical program at Planetarium
Cosmophony Rachel Iwaasa performs both new and venerable works"
- Interview with David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun