Acclaim
“ Aysegul Durakoglu is a pianist from Turkey who has studied both at home and in New York and evidently profited from both experiences. Her technique and tone in Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Chopin’s B-minor Sonata were firm and confident. She hears this music’s shapes and points of emphasis and knows how to make them felt. There is nothing artificial or false in her conceptions. Her musicality is naturally come by. Ms. Durakoglu played The Blue Journey’ and Shostakovich’s D minor Prelude and Fugue at the end with perfect assurance. “
Bernard Holland, New York Times
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Judy Gelman Myers, City Arts
“ Mozart’s austere Fantasia in C minor opened Ms. Durakoglu’s program and made an immediate, favorable impression: from its desolate opening phrases, the pianist showed herself to be a better-than-average Mozart stylist, with a lucid pianistic security at her ready command and an instinct for phrase symmetry and finding a proper tempo. Aysegul Durakoglu is, within the strictly patrician confines of her approach, a superior pianist.“
Harry Goldsmith, New York Concert Review
“ Ms. Durakoglu proved to be an exceptionally talented musician, both in the performing and research fields and is highly specialized in various areas of music. Very recently, I had the opportunity to listen to her performance at Merkin Concert Hall; I was genuinely impressed by the high level of artistry she played this time. In purely musical terms, her interpretations and the power of projection were intense while her pianistic abilities were of real virtuoso caliber.”
Gyorgy Sandor
“ Musician of Quality! In a program of Fantasies, Durakoglu received the whole attention of the audience with qualities of her musicianship as she began her performance with Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue. She gave an unusually sensitive and vital performance revealing the contrapuntal aspects and genuine character of music in Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Brahms’ Op.116 Fantasies. “
Cumhuriyet, TURKEY
“ From the opening to the end, Aysegul Durakoglu protected the qualities of grace, intimacy, and sophistication in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with complete control. “
Milliyet, TURKEY
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