Critical Acclaim

October 2014: "Pianist Irina Nuzova turned in an utterly beguiling performance, with a deft, near-weightless touch that allowed each variation to blossom and evolve effortlessly into the next. It was a genuinely poetic performance, from a pianist of uncommon gifts." The Washington Post

August 2014: "Irina Nuzova am Flügel bezauberte zunächst durch die Interpretation zweier Klaviersonaten von Scarlatti. Als romantische Steigerung war dann ein Prelude von Rachmaninoff zu hören mit der erwarteten effektvollen, mit pianistischer Souveränität erwirkten üppigen Fülle." Der Neue Tag

August 2013: "The performance (of Ravel's piano trio) was the finest I have ever witnessed of the piece, in that the three players, especially Nuzova, seemed to have a very simpatico feeling for impressionism and not only evoked the musical genre, but did it with a blending of Ravel’s melodies, harmonies and rhythms with no self-consciousness to make me aware that I was listening to impressionistic music." Catskill Chronicle


Acclaim for "Russian Music for cello and piano" with cellist Wendy Warner

"They [Wendy Warner and Irina Nuzova] revel in the score’s riches, Warner drawing a tone of great depth and vibrancy from her cello, while Nuzova matches her partner with luxuriantly resonant sound across her piano’s full range." Fanfare Magazine


The performing duet of Wendy Warner on cello and Irina Nuzova on piano play as all good partnerships should, as one. In their case, it's almost as if one performer were playing both instruments, they are so attuned to one another's feeling and responses. The two women, who have been performing together as the WarnerNuzova cello and piano duo since 2008, play with style, with grace, with refinement, and with deep emotional attachment, yet always placing the music above any showmanship on their part. Most important, however, they appear to reach into the heart of this heart-wrenching music and convey its inner spirit with not only clarity and precision but with ultimate passion. They are consummate artists.” Classical Candor

The playing is a most effective mingling of lyric passion and effortless virtuosity. Altogether, this is an unusually fine release. Best Classical Recording, WFMT

“Matching passion, elegance, and imagination, Warner and Nuzova have created as beautiful a chamber music recital as we have any right to expect.” Arkivmusic

“Recorded with a particularly pleasing warmth and texture, the performance is direct from the heart, elegant in line and sumptuous in tonal expression...” Gramophone

“Wendy Warner and Irina Nuzova confirm themselves as high-ranking artists with this excellently recorded and produced CD of Russian music.... and “Such full-blooded and committed playing can’t fail to entrance.” STRAD


Other reviews

"..Russian brand of virtuosity...wonderful...heroic performance...impressed audience and jury alike..."
Strad, London / New York

"...superb performance...quite extraordinary...rising above mere virtuosity..."
The Washington Post, Washington

"The Brahms turned gossamer in the hands of Nuzova ... beautiful and compelling reading."
Milwaukee Sentinel, May 2008

"Irina Nuzova...clarity of touch and profound interpretation."
Il Resto del Carlino, Bologno, Italy

"impeccable...virtuosity and intensity of feeling."
La Nazione, Florence, Italy

"... remarkable playing from every point of view!"
David Burge, composer and former Chair of Eastman School Of Music, Piano Department

"the young Russian Irina Nuzova has a very decisive and virtuosic temperament, the music rose with great intimate and expressive power. She creates Chopinesque atmosphere with a brilliant and playful tone."
Corriere Adriatico, Italy

"..the excellent pianist and partner, Irina Nuzova, displayed such remarkable affinity for the music that one might have thought that she, too, was Spanish, not Russian."
New York Concert Reviews

With Calefax ensemble -- January 2007 Washington Post