Oregon ArtsWatch

March 6, 2018

"One of the most absorbing solo recitals on any instrument I’ve ever heard wouldn’t have happened without the Spontaneous Combustion festival, because the young flute phenom’s reputation is for now mostly confined to his east coast home. I’m confident that will change very soon"

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

February 25, 2018

"This orchestra is to be commended for its both its brilliant, insightful and revelatory programming as well as its energy and organizational skills. Orlando Cela presided clearly and gracefully, seeming to enjoy good rapport with the ensemble."

Avant Music News

January 29, 2018

"Cela, born in Venezuela but currently based in Boston, is a flutist conversant with the historical literature but specializing in contemporary performance practices. Thus it’s no surprise that the pieces on Shadow Etchings highlight the flute’s expansive range of sounds and techniques. Cela is a consummately musical player, though, and one who consistently turns technical challenges toward expressive ends."

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

September 18, 2017

" The duo’s interpretation was both superb and incredibly dynamic; their sharp contrasts taking everyone in the audience by surprise."

"Zhao and Cela brought forth the sensitivity and subtlety of a mature ensemble."