“Khari Joyner is one of the most exciting young musicians on the classical scene.. He gets a rich sound out of the cello that is even across the range from fortissimo to harmonics. Coupled with his perfect intonation, he made Berio’s complex ideas sound marvelously clear, almost song-like. The rhythms he rapped out with his hands were as musical as can be.”
–George Grella, New York Classical Review, on Berio's Sequenza XIV

“…[Valentin Bibik’s] bruising Cello Concerto No. 2, in a single movement, places the cello within the dense orchestral fabric more than above it. But the soloist, Khari Joyner, made a powerful impact, even as a needle in a haystack. And he was eloquently plangent in a cadenza heavy on punishing string crossings and precisely dissonant chords.”
–Zachary Wolfe, The New York Times

"One of the most promising young cellists in the country…"
Tom Sabulis, Atlanta Journal Constitution

"He’s a charismatic soloist, too, finding the essence of the concerto’s elegant passions — rewarded with a grateful standing ovation..."
Pierre Ruhe, Atlanta Journal Constitution