What the critics are saying about
" Santa Barbara LISZT Album" and pianist ZEYNEP Ucbasaran:
"Brilliant... An outstanding CD... Zeynep Ucbasaran's playing is particularly fine in the impassioned Funérailles."
John Pitt, New Classics, UK
"This is a well-played and extremely musical Liszt recital. By an essentially understated approach, yet one that does not skimp on virtuosity, she successfully negotiates pieces as wild a Eroica or as spiritual as The Bells of Geneva. Funérailles is extremely demanding - Zeynep is clearly equal to it.. The three song transcriptions are beautifully played. The Spanish Rhapsody, always in control, never forced, and with excellent lyrical episodes brings the recital to an exciting conclusion."
Ying Chang, The Classical Source, UK
"There is no question that Zeynep Ucbasaran has the technical equipment to handle Liszt's challenges, but what is most impressive is the intelligence andsensitivity she brings to her playing.. Ucbasaran handles the demanding passages of Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H with elegance.. and concludes with a rousing version of the Rhapsodie espagnole."
Tony Gualtieri, Classical Music Review
"A gifted young artist, at her best in the BACH Fantasy and Fugue and the Spanish Rhapsody. She has a secure technique and a sound sense of structure.."
Christopher Howell, MusicWeb, London
Pianist ZEYNEP Ucbasaran started her music studies at age four at the Istanbul Conservatory. She has a Concert Artist Diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where she studied under Prof. Zempleni Kornel, Prof. Katalin Nemes (pupil of Bela Bartok), Balazs Kecskes, and Prof. Istvan Lantos. She also has a Diploma in Aufbaustudium from the Hochschule für Musik, in Freiburg, Germany, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from University of Southern California.
Her awards include American Liszt Society Award, Rozsnyai Memorial Award, Ina Broida Award from UCSB, and USC Associates Music Merit Scholarship. She is also a recipient of the MAA 2001 Aspen Summer Music Festival Scholarship, where she was selected to play in the distinguished artist Master Class of Leon Fleisher. She won the Second Prize at the 1996 Los Angeles Liszt Competition and an Honorable Mention in the same competition in 2000. She has given many recitals in Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, and in the United States.
Santa Barbara LISZT Album was recorded in December 2001 for Eroica Classical Recordings (Eroica JDT3092) in Abravanel Hall, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.