"Stepping into another conductor’s shoes can be a thankless task, but for the second and third performances (of Puccini’s La Bohème) the SOI’s associate music director Zane Dalal took up the baton and held everything together with complete fluency. Having retained Rizzi’s tempos on February 9th, he broadened things a little on February 11 to accommodate two changes of cast.
...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
...spirited performance of Smetana’s "Bartered Bride,"...
...The applause at the end of the second half reached almost the same level of enthusiasm. Zane Dalal shaped Béla Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" with extreme care, true to the sensuous and serene beauty, which makes this masterwork of the 20th century an 'experience'.
...a standing ovation, quite uncharacteristic for St. Gallen
...The Symphony Orchestra of India concert under Zane Dalal Friday evening was indeed pure enjoyment.
Rolf App - St.Gallen Tagblatter
Zane Dalal...impressive stature and a solid musical background
...the Geneva audience warmly manifested their pleasure at listening to an orchestra so disciplined, so committed and so full of energy and enthusiasm.
...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.
Peshkar by Zakir Hussain... the audience was lost in admiration by the virtuosity of the musician and composer
Sylvie Bonier – Le Temps, Genève
The orchestra is currently on tour in Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, St. Gallen), and on Tuesday it demonstrated its level impressively in the Tonhalle with the understated and masterful conductor Zane Dalal –
Herbert Büttiker - Zürcher Unterländer
Smetana's overture to "The Bartered Bride" and Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" are veritable examination pieces to test orchestral virtuosity. It begins with the vivacissimo fugue in the violins of the Smetana, and carries on throughout all the orchestra sections in the Bartok. The wind instruments are presented one after the other in the second movement ("Presentando le coppie"). It alternates between expressive melodies ("Elegia") and laughter ("Intermezzo"), subtle colours, and solemn brass, as well as fine technical prowess in the strings in the presto finale: Nothing is left out in this piece, and the large Symphony Orchestra of India left nothing out.
Herbert Büttiker - Zürichseezeitung
Zane Dalal was appointed Associate
Music Director of the Symphony
Orchestra of India