THE WASHINGTON POST

Sun 14 Apr 2019

With fleet fingers, pianist Dénes Várjon brings German classics to life

Recital, Kennedy Center, Washington D. C.

Some of the most expressive playing unfolded just moments after the recital began in the opening movement of Beethoven’s forward-looking Piano Sonata No. 28. Várjon caressed odd, syncopated chords in the lyrical opening movement, added ethereal touches within the heaven-storming march and masterfully built fugue-like passages, blooming from the depths of the keyboard, in the final Allegro. […] Still, lesser artists pound their way through Schumann’s Études. Várjon performed with stunning control and dynamic savvy.

CLASSICAL SOURCE

Sun 14 Jan 2018

Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer at Lincoln Center – Dénes Várjon plays Beethoven

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERT N. 3 WITH BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA AND IVÁN FISCHER. LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK

Dénes Várjon’s masterful technique and interpretative sensibilities merged perfectly in an outstanding performance of Beethoven’s C-minor Piano Concerto. In the first movement he combined vigorous assertiveness and subtle expressivity to bring urgency and intensity.

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Fri 1 Apr 2016

Album’s review “De la Nuit”

Várjon’s brilliance delivers exactly the tight kind of almost self-effacing transcendence in this recording. […] and stamps his own character on all of the pieces in this carefully considered recital programme, without distancing us from the composer’s intentions.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Wed 17 Feb 2016

Review: Denes Varjon, a Hungarian Pianist, at Zankel Hall

Recital, Zankel Hall, New York

His interpretations of oft-programmed pieces on this occasion were elegant, passionate and always technically impressive, his compelling artistry superior to some of the starrier pianists who perform regularly on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.

BACHTRACK

Sat 21 Feb 2015

Dénes Várjon seeks balance between technique and musicality in Montréal

Recital, McGill University, Montréal

The repertoire in this concert was highly demanding both technically and expressively, and Várjon did a fantastic job of navigating varied terrain. The right balance between technical accuracy and musicality can be difficult to achieve, but in Várjon’s shining moments, there was equilibrium. 

INDEPENDENT

Fri 24 Feb 2012

Dénes Várion, Precipitando: Berg, Janácek, Liszt

Recital, London.

It’s Várion’s treatment of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor that stands out here, gripping right from the quiet opening through the establishment of the various motifs. […] Várion displays that most valuable of gifts: the ability to play in a way which makes you listen anew to the familiar.

THE GUARDIAN

Sun 19 Feb 2012

Dénes Várjon: Precipitando – Piano works by Berg, Janácek & Liszt – review

Recital, London

Várjon makes rigorous sense of the work's episodic structure, showing powerful ease in the fugue but enjoying the rhapsodic nature of the rest. […] Várjon is always perceptive as a chamber musician. It's a treat to hear him alone.