Maria Stratigou

Concert Pianist - Researcher
‘There was much to admire in this authoritative performance. There was a fine union between technical accomplishment and intellectual grasp of the structure. The playing was gripped with passion and conviction. There was a lovely, symphonic grandeur in the playing but she also found the poetic qualities of the second theme.’(Brahms Piano Concerto no.1)
                                                                                                                                                 Aaron Shorr - Fali Pavri

‘This was very well-organised and projected with care for detail...The more calm variations produced some of her very best playing which was incredibly beautiful and poetic.’(Faure - Theme And Variations op.73)

                                                                                                                                                      Vanessa Latarche

‘Stylish playing which showed a good understanding of the passion behind the music... Lovely contrast of colour and texture... There was fire and lyricism here which lifted the performance. She showed an understanding of the stylistic tradition of Mozart’s time (as far as we understand them!), but she also understood the spirit of the music. Beautiful sound and the complex textures were especially well managed! ... This was performed with spirit and a real sense of enjoyment. I almost forgot this was a competition.’(Mozart Piano Concerto KV466)

                                                                                                                                                    Richard Beauchamp

‘So much of her heroic outlook came across in this very commanding performance. Her playing was authoritative, honest and completely up to the technical demands...A most memorable performance. This was a mature and very enjoyable performance.’(Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1)

                                                                                                                                               Aaron Shorr - John Thwaites

‘A performance on a very high level. A musically and physically taxing programme given a sustained and at all times musical commitment. Excellent range and flow of dynamics in all works....The Beethoven was so convincing that piano and pianist were forgotten and we were left with Beethoven the musician....Beautiful Chopin-‘fioritura’ of the highest technical and musical refinement with beautifully balanced accompaniment.’(Beethoven 32 Variations in c minor-Chopin Op.22-Prokofiev Toccata)

                                                                                                                                                        Norman Beedie