• PRESS

  • "Die Rheinpfalz" | 26 October 2010

    "She overwhelmed the audience with her thrilling mastery of the piano and with an amazing technique, applied at all times to express the music itself. Ugorskaja is never aiming for superficial effect or mere impression when she plays. Instead, by feeling true empathy with the composer, she is able to bring out a concrete sonorous interpretation of the thoughts, emotions and moods embedded in the music. Her piano touch is a rich palette of many hues, allowing her to achieve the widest variety of nuances."

    "Westfalen-Blatt" | 29 November 2010

    [Referring to Ugorskaja's rendition of Chopin's Preludes in Bielefeld]: "One could only wonder and marvel at the amount of expressive, individual variety she was able to draw from these miniatures. Expressed in such a poetic language, these technically restrained pieces no longer sounded like mere etudes. Every single note, no matter how delicately whispered, received the musical importance it deserved. One does not often hear this cycle played so intricately, so delicately, in such an animated, pulsing, riveting, Sturm-und-Drang manner as on this occasion."

    "Piano News" | July 2008

    " [...] Ugorskaja shows courage in choosing these supposed 'trifles' [Bach's Two-Part Inventions] and proves that they are far from trivial. She brings out such astounding structural and dramaturgical contrasts that one feels tempted to go back and consult one's own old edition, driven by the question: 'Is that all really there?' Bach, viewed through the prism of Chopin, is made more 'alive' than ever, and the reverse also holds true. This is the utmost one could ever demand from such an undertaking, particularly since it is based on such obvious technical and intellectual maturity."

    "Piano News" | Mai 2007

    "[...] Of all Beethoven's piano concertos, the First was clearly written with a virtuoso performance in mind, yet it also dared to tread new musical terrain. Dina Ugorskaja plays this work with agility, determination and an expressive range that makes us prick up our ears in amazement. Her graceful, crystal-clear touch leaves the entire first movement aglow with strings of pearls. One is thrilled by Ugorskaja's precision, coupled with fine-tuned sensitivity. Her nuanced dynamics guarantee all the melodiousness and transparency required in the slow movement, where her clarity of touch stands out once more. The third movement, lively and full of energetic panache, is where one can particularly appreciate the accomplished result of her close musical collaboration with the South West German Chamber Orchestra..."

    Leipziger Volkszeitung | November 2005

        Mastery and soulfulness

        [...] From the start, in the Prelude and Fugue by Shostakovich, it became evident that we were dealing with a marvelous performer who knows how to combine mastery with soulfulness.

        In terms of breadth and difficulty, this piano recital programme was second to none. Ugorskaja crowned it with two encores - a feat which served to prove not only that she communicates a spark of true passion to the audience, but that this charming, deceptively dainty-looking virtuoso pianist manages to harness and unleash a colossal amount of energy.

        Ugorskaja performed the Brahms Intermezzi Op. 117 with disarming delicacy and thrilling dynamism: pure devotion, devoid of unnecessary pathos, has seldom sounded so convincing. She continued her recital with Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 in F Minor Op. 2, and the audience fell into rapt, breathless silence. Her intoxicating virtuosity made it easy for us to follow the clear accents and abrupt shifts in dynamics that are so characteristic of Beethoven's music. Sparkling precision at maximal speed alternated pleasantly with intimate, heartfelt passages in the Adagio. [...]

        Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata [...] possesses such grandeur that it will always remain somewhat intimidating. It evades any fashionable attempt to turn classical music into a friendly playground accessible to all, yet many pianists only invest it with a portion of the energy it requires. That is certainly not the case of Dina Ugorskaja, who proves herself quite capable of tackling such an enormous multitude of challenges. She is one of the very few performers who manage to transform their great respect for this piece into an enjoyable experience for the audience..."

    (Translated by Stanley Hanks)