Zeynep Ucbasaran, concert pianist
Santa Barbara, California

What the critics are saying

W. A. Mozart Album (JDT3311)  and pianist  ZEYNEP Ucbasaran

"A fine pianist finds bubbling delight in Mozart: Ucbasaran has a remarkable affinity for tonal shading; she keenly understands how chords and sonorities function in a given phrase.. She does not let a single phrase pass by her without considering its function in the greater context of the piece, and tempi are ever so slightly inflected throughout to brilliant results. This infuses Mozart with a continual bubbling energy that is delightful to hear."
Andrew Druckenbrod, The Gramophone
"This is the sixth recording by Santa Barbara-based pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran...[Her] playing has always been unfailingly musical, but I find more temperament here than previously. The recording itself is big and bold and transferred at a rather high level, creating an initial impression of a degree of aggressiveness... Zeynep is signally successful in the long variation movement of the D major work...The Adagio variation is played with deep feeling. For once I reached the end of this movement feeling that the prospect of hearing it again would be welcome. It was at this point that I realized that the gifted player of the earlier records is developing into a pianist of some stature... An excellent recommendation, then, for three of Mozart’s rarer sonatas played with real conviction."
Christopher Howell, MusicWeb, London

"Turkish-born, American-resident pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran has gained attention for her explosive, percussive, mercurial performances of Liszt's music...here she takes on two early Mozart sonatas...[Her] ancestor in this kind of Mozart performance is another female pianist, Alicia de Larrocha, but Ucbasaran goes even farther in the direction of sharp dynamic contrasts with sudden percussive emphasis of individual features...The overall effect is spare, hard, and brilliant."
James Manheim, All Music Guide