Konstantin Scherbakov — Piano Recital, Zurich, 2015-03-24

… while for the past two decades the artist is mostly pictured with an earnest, maybe “Beehovenian” / titanic, somewhat closed facial expression, in the concert (which he presented with a mostly relaxed, yet controlled body language) his face hinted at a wealth of emotions — and his playing struck me as a prime example of the “big Russian Piano School” …

Sophia Jaffé / H.M. Förster — Zurich, 2015-02-15

With the entrance of the solo violin, though, the attention turned towards Sophia Jaffé, who presented herself as an experienced, expressive violinist, with a sonorous, full tone, delivering a solid, convincing interpretation.

Claire Huangci — Piano Recital, Zurich, 2015-02-10

Claire Huangci played the Scarlatti sonatas without interruption, and without repeats — this way, she formed a single piece where it was hard for the listener to recognize transitions from one sonata to the next. It’s an interesting idea…

Faust, Blendulf / ZKO — Zurich, 2015-02-03

… it was fascinating to observe how the violin remained audible, kept a clear presence even through minimal, light movements of the bow (…)
In the subsequent Larghetto, the soloist enchanted the audience with the most intimate, whispering tones, played almost sul ponticello, with minute, discreet movements of the bow, merely a hint, but always present, down to the softest ppp and below — one could almost sense the audience holding breath, totally captured by this playing.

Igor Levit — Tonhalle Zurich, 2014-10-21

Igor Levit was born 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky); in 1995 his family moved to Germany; he grew up with the piano (his mother is a pianist whose teacher had once studied with Heinrich Neuhaus), did his musical studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and finished with the best notes ever given by that institution. Aged 17, he was the youngest participant at the International Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, in 2005; he won the second prize, plus several special awards, such as the special prize for chamber music, and the audience award…

Encounters with Yulianna Avdeeva

(…) Yulianna at that time had just finished her concert diploma and had since become Prof. Scherbakov’s assistant (which presumably consists of filling in for him when he was away for concerts or for a recording session). This is now 3 years ago, and she has evolved as a pianist quite dramatically since then…