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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.

 
The Flint Journal, March 2007
“Svetlana Smolina played with astonishing dynamism and skill. Her rendition of the wildly difficult cadenza of Rachmaninoff 3 rd Concerto was most impressive"
 
Michael Tumelty, The Herald Tribune

“Svetlana Smolina showed her teeth and her muscles in a huge performance of one of the most interesting pieces of the long afternoon: a very rare outing for a one-piano arrangement a suite from The Firebird”

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

 
Marcia Fulmer, The Elkhart Truth

PIANIST BRINGS AUDIENCE TO ITS FEET

It was the artistry of the 20- year old pianist that brought the audience to its feet... Mrs. Smolina was in complete control of the emotionally lyrical, technically intimidating work... Mrs. Smolina's incredibly fluid- and incredibly strong- fingers invested each change of mood and movement with exactly the right texture, depth and sense of being…In Svetlana Smolina, Rachmaninoff's Third found a perfect match.. She was phenomenal!”

 
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Большой путь многих из нас начинается с малой родины. Пианистка Светлана Смолина родилась и выросла в Сормове. А сегодня она выходит на сцены знаменитых концертных залов, выступает с великими музыкантами современности.

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Ludmila Patiaeva, Nizhny Novgorod Times

"The image of a young lady immediately disappeared when Svetlana touched the keys. In Griffes Sonata the harsh pressure of the nervous motives interchanged with the falls into the silence, the madness and hope competed with each other for the right of the existence. The romantic contrasts, the falls and the raises especially impressed in the romantic Etudes of Chopin and in the Liszt “Mephisto Waltz”. The success of the entire concert was obvious: Svetlana Smolina presented herself as the professional of the highest rank.”

 
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Svetlana received the highest critical acclaim after Opening of 2018-19 Season Concert with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra & Maestro Toshi Shimada

Sunday, 28 October 2018

"The highlight of the evening had to be Sergei Rachmaninoff “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”, Op. 43, featuring the smoking hot playing of pianist Svetlana Smolina, who came out on stage in glittering red gown so beguiling that the audience chuckled when she sat in front of the keys. Never letting her concentration waver, Smolina proceeded to pounce on each note with either great ferocity or eager tenderness, majestically alternating between a clump of chords and a cascade of shimmering harp like high notes. This rhapsody is a real showpiece and the execution of the work was exquisite. Shimada wringing every last sentiment out of the string section while Smolina alternately marched and gambled up and down the keys right up until the humorous and unexpected ending.
The audience gave Smolina and the orchestra one of the most extended standing ovations ever during an ECSO concert”.
To see the full article go to:
http://ssmolina.com/index.php/en/articles-reviews

Nizhny Novgorod Interview

Friday, 26 October 2018

October 25, 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Weekly News published an interview with Svetlana Smolina. The interviewer is Maria Fedotova, a music critic and a journalist.
To see the interview on the website of the Weekly News:
http://www.nnews.nnov.ru/posts/48143
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The opening of the season 2018-2019 in Nizhny Novgorod

Saturday, 15 September 2018

September 19
at 18:00 in the Old hall of Nizhny Novgorod State University will host a concert from the series "Rector of Nizhny Novgorod University presents...". The concert will be attended by honored artist of Russia, artist of the State Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre, winner of international competitions Oleg Sendetsky (cello) and laureate of Russian and international competitions Svetlana Smolina (piano).

Tour in China

Saturday, 19 May 2018

June 5-13, 2018 Svetlana is on tour in China in Shanghai, Wuxi, Jiaxing, Hangzhou, Xiamen doing performances, workshops, lectures, masterclasses for Winplus International

Spring Inspiration

Saturday, 14 April 2018

On April 13-th Svetlana performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Maestro Derek Gleeson in Vratza Philharmonic, Bulgaria. The Concert was attended by the Ambassador of Ireland in Sofia Mr. Michael Forbes.

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