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Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“…The performance (Stravinsky Les Noces) had plenty of fervor and clattering colors. Yet it was nuanced, dusky and organic. The Soloists Four dynamic Russian pianists Maxim Mogilevsky, Svetlana Smolina, Alexander Mogilevsky and Youlia Zaichkina were mesmerizing…”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, April 25, 2010

The full article you can view, by visiting The New York Times website.

 
Anja Renczikowski, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

AFTER MIDNIGHT SPARKLED “THE BLACK MASS”

The culmination of the evening was the performance of the “Poeme de l’Extase”, op. 54, for two pianos and a trumpet, and the “Prometheus”, op. 60, for three pianos, both pieces transcribed by Toradze, later interpreted by himself with Svetlana Smolina and Maxim Mogilevsky – an acoustical and visual sea of flames (these works were recorded by WDRWestdeutscher Rundfunk television) came very near to the messianist ideas of the composer.

Anja Renczikowski,
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” 18.07. 2005
JAHRHUNDERTHALLE Bochum, Germany,
(Ruhr KlavierFestival)

 
Sharon Torello, Local Arts Live

Music at Monica's

Smolina selected a mix of mostly romantic era music that contained so many rapid sequences that I'm quite sure I've never heard that many notes played on a piano in one concert before. The wonderfully balanced and lively acoustic and a brand new Steinway piano helped to highlight her fiery performance. Smolina somehow managed to maintain solid melodic clarity even in through the most finger blurring passages. The engaged audience gave her a rousing standing ovation in the end, and it wasn't one of those, slowly rising "I guess I should stand because everyone else is" ovations. It was a genuine expression of appreciation to a supremely talented musician" .

The full article you can view, by visiting The LocalArtsLive website.

 
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

iPalpiti concert in Disney Concert Hall

"Svetlana Smolina, an outstanding Russian pianist with a luxuriant tone, was the evening's soloist. She caught both the flicker of the young Sun-god and also found urgency in the flashy solo part."

The full article you can view, by visiting The Los Angeles Times website.

 
Richard Storm, Herald Tribune, Sarasota

Chopin Spectacular lives up to its title

"Smolina displayed full command and charmed her way through Preludes of op. 28. Playing with vigor and vitality, easily shifting from one mood to another, sure of technique and subtle phrasing.

The second part of program was devoted to Etudes and Waltzes. The pianist produced dazzling effects entirely appropriate to the genre. Smolina brought audience close to frenzy, just as dear Fryderick did in his concerts."

The full article you can view, by visiting The Herald Tribune website.

 
Paul Griffiths, The New York Times, Nov. 5 2002

... "Svetlana Smolina created a storming, breathing piano in the Fantasy in B minor, a work from just before the crucial Fourth Sonata..."

The full article you can view, by visiting The New York Times website.

 
Graham Watts, Covent Garden Magazine, London
“And the pianist (Svetlana Smolina) thoroughly deserved the audience's unrestrained praise.”
 
Laurence Hughes, Independent, the London
"It was a relief to move on to the Four Etudes op. 7  played with alternating deftness and thoughtfulness by Svetlana Smolina.. In the excerpts from The Firebird, Svetlana showed an energy and fire that were almost startling in so slight a frame...  but any (orchestral) inadequacies were forgotten in the hushed intensity of those radiant chords leading into the final flourish…If Svetlana Smolina can be said to represent the future of Russian music, then surely we have nothing to fear for the great musical tradition of that remarkable country.”
 
Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times

HEADLINE PIANIST SHOW STRAVINSKY' CHARM

“Smolina's defining of the lyrical aspects in the music she played made her performance cherishable... “

 

 
Patrick Meanor, The Listener Magazine, New York

“Svetlana Smolina performed flawlessly Prokofiev First and Ninth Sonatas. She played these very challenging pieces with a facility and mastery that highlighted her impeccable technique and clarity of vision. Later the next evening she performed one of those phenomenally difficult arrangements by Mikhail Pletnev - of a section of “Nutcracker Suite”. Had I been in the other room, I might very well have mistaken it for Pletnev himself - it was so romantically rendered. The next evening, Svetlana Smolina performed the Four Etudes by Stravinsky (op.7) with a maturity and confidence that made those difficult pieces sparkle with youthful vitality.”

 

 
Davis Stevens, International Herald Tribune

..."This was part of a survey of Rachmaninoff's works for two pianos, which included the two suites brilliantly displayed by Maxim Mogilevsky and Svetlana Smolina, and the playful "Polka Italiana" of 1906, in which Smolina was joined by Alexander Korsantiya...
Other highlights of this marathon included the "Corelli Variations" with Smolina as the superb soloist."..

The full article you can view, by visiting The New York Times website.

 
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Keybord Magazin August 2014 issue, page 28Svetlana Smolina is the featured Artist in Keyboard Magazine August 2014 Issue : ON STANDS NOW :




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Free Concert Saturday July 19, 7-pm, Eisenhower Park Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre

Monday, 14 July 2014

Svetlana will be opening the evening of the critically acclaimed show “Davi Sings Sinatra” in Eisenhower Park on Saturday , July 19 at The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre , NY , sharing the stage together with an award- winning actor-director and singer Robert Davi along with three-time Emmy award-winning Comedian Dave Konig.

http://mineola.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/davi-sings-sinatra-at-eisenhower-park-saturday80926#.U8cT2h1M8Ht

June 21- July 4, 2014 Philadelphia International Music Festival

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Svetlana is performing / giving masterclasses and private instructions / directing PIMF piano program

http://philadelphiamusicfestival.org/

Svetlana will be judging 1 st International Student Piano Competition of Shanghai , China (November 13-16, 2014).

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

http://www.ispianochina.com/eventState/judges.html#judge_3

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Svetlana Smolina, with Adrian Daurov on Cello and Nikita Morozov on Violin, Presents a Recital at Steinway Hall

Sunday, 04 May 2014

Tonight’s Steinway Hall concert was poignant and awe-inspiring, especially so, because Steinway Hall, the magnificent home of the Steinway piano sales and studios, as well as the uniquely elegant, performance lobby, with marble columns and frescoed ceilings, will soon be taken down to make room for new construction.


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