Reviews

“Evgenia Startseva is a very sensitive, talented and powerful musician, whose playing strives for the greatest meaning and emotion. She is curious and inquisitive, with an endless passion for musical exploration and her technical abilities are always put to a strong musical purpose.”

Maxim Vengerov

“Evgenia Startseva… opened her treasure chest of multifaceted sentiments promptly with the contemplative notes of Nikolai Medtner’s Sonata Reminiscenza from “Forgotten Melodies” (Op.38, No.1), transforming these emotions into sound with her subtle nuance of touch. Startseva’s lyrical talent bloomed even more in Shostakovich’s Preludes Op.34. These most leanly arranged and focussed short pieces demand plausible characterisations, in which Startseva succeeded eminently, on the one hand with a tender tone, supple fluidity, a flexible differentiation of the individual voices, but also with wit, tongue-in-cheek piquancy and dance-like verve on the other hand…A superior and singular achievement”

(Saarbrüker Zeitung)(Germany)
“….Sensitive to nuance and the music’s songlike qualities” (The Independent) (London)

“…With Evgenia Startseva at the piano one penetrates into the rich thematic world of the musician of Hamburg (Brahms), of whom she draws a musical portrait with great expressive efficacy…”

(L’Unione Sarda) (Italy)

”…Throughout, Evgenia Startseva was an outstanding accompanist, both responsive and encouragingly affective, and her playing in the opening bars of the adagio was resonantly beautiful…”

Glyn Pursglove (‘Seen-and-heard-international’) “…outstanding…”
(Manchester Evening News)

“…I like the pianist’s restraint and concentration. Startseva emphasizes quiet, unexaggerated beauty of line, all through…Her approach is convincing… ….it’s an adult, thoughtful interpretation…”

Paul Ingram (from a review in ‘Fanafare magazine’ on works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev CD , released in 2009 for Prometheus Editions)