Intelligence, nobility, elegance and transparency distinguish pianist Roustem Saitkoulov’s technical and musico-structural approach, enabling him to deliver a powerful musical statement by way of well-balanced interpretations.
Sir Neville Marriner
With strength and a force of character which in no way impeeds his poetic expressivity, Roustem Saïtkoulov took his public on a wonderful experience which accentuates how much this pianist (who has recorded the two piano concertos of Chopin with the London Royal Symphonic Orchestra) masters the lyricism required for Chopin’s works, often deliberately choosing slower than accustomed tempi in order to illuminate the nuanced contrasts of light and tragedy.
La Roque d’Anthéron 2014 – La Provence
Roustem Saitkoulov’s soul is that of a tormented, passionate poet: a sparkling impetus, a generous spirit and fiery eloquence. Genuine character.
Journal de Geneve
The highpoint of the evening was the pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov in Shostakovitch’s concerto Opus 35. He knew precisely how to expose the musical richness of this work, from the inherent romaticism of the slow movement to the fire of the Presto, demonstrating throughout all aspects of fascinating piano playing.
One appreciates the remarkable technical potential of Roustem Saitkoulov, but even more the musical prospective he conveys. Saitkoulov does not over-exploit his considerable abilities, but is most sensitively aware of the poetical assence of the music he plays. Without a doubt an artist to be followed.
Alain Cochard, Diapason
Roustem Saitkoulov has a high-class Russian-trained technique. His disc of Etudes is an imaginative debut selection. Stravinsky pieces are epic and grandly articulated.
(…) his execution of the Etudes of Arenski and Scriabin accents the underlying reserve and nobility of intensely refined playing… As if through the eye of Eusebius overcome by profound melancholy he explores all aspects of the Schumann Fantasy, surprising the listener by the determination of his narrative. Magnificently constructed and brimming with life, the Liszt Sonata crowned the evening. Without using one ounce of bombast, Saïtkoulov sets the score ablaze with compact structural intensity set against sonoric beauty of timbre, at once convincing and galvanizing.
Alain Cochard, Diapason
Roustem Saitkoulov is an exciting artist with a true personality. His piano playing is beautifully expressive and his phrasing higly intelligent.
Le Monde de la Musique