She is a tigress virtuosa, as well as a bel canto pianist

Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto served as the vehicle for a simply stunning performance given by Ilana Vered last night …. Not since Horowitz have I witnessed that combination of iceberg and volcano, that relentless singlemindedness in applying a high pressure jet at all points of the pianistic and interpretive spectrum.


                        Peter Stadlen: London Daily Telegraph

“Vered has fingers that work like power -operated pistons. She can play breathlessly fast, with breathless power and sweep, and she can instantaneously melt into Rachmaninoff’s most somber reflections or sing the famous 18th variation with affecting directness. She is a tigress virtuosa, as well as a bel canto pianist.”

Los Angeles Times

“Ilana Vered will play Rachmaninoff’s “Paganini” variations …. with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall….The Rhapsody, one must repeat, belongs to Vered; it is her piece; she plays it louder, softer, faster, better and more convincingly than others.”

Los Angeles Times

Tender Loving Care Makes for Fine Music

“In this, her S. F. Symphony debut, the brilliant Israeli pianist shows in every way what a complete artist she is. Vered’s pianism and music-making are all of one piece, reflecting care and a rare love for the sound of the instrument….Vered’s tone is soft and lustrous, her technique smooth and liquid.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“She displays that rarest of traits in pianists of her generation, a genuine and individual temperament…. a very special pianist indeed.”

Los Angeles Times