[Hastings] couples gale force power with spontaneity and intelligence . . . . his pianistic control and flexibility generate plenty of pulse-racing excitement.
–Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
From the moment Mr. Hastings touched the keys of the piano, he displayed an exuberant technical prowess and physical intimacy with the piano. . . . Mr. Hastings confirmed the uniqueness of his playing and a rare mastery of the keyboard.
–John Bentel, United States Department of State
The melodic moments were expressed poetically with stunning singing tone and the energy of his performance was felt throughout the hall. We were left feeling this was a labour of love and, combined with a mastery of the keyboard which was more than adequate to the task, explains the wide audience appeal which this very fine pianist commands.
–Marilyn Wiwcharuk, Kamloops News
Hastings has an intensity that matches the ornamentation of Chopin’s compositions. Playing Chopin’s favourite half of the keyboard, Hastings brought the hundreds of combinations of high notes to life with flair and a fair bit of hard work.
–Sandy Wiseman, Daily News
Hastings astutely managed to project the lyrical melodies of Chopin . . . Hastings produced ringing tones on the Steinway that soared above the arpeggiated left-hand accompaniment. [H]is sensitivity to Chopin’s musical lines was clearly in evidence.
–Laurence E. MacDonald, The Flint Journal