What the critics are saying

About  pianist  ZEYNEP Ucbasaran

"Zeynep Ucbasaran is a wonderment. The demurely pretty pianist, in black like a student at a convent school (Holy Names, I would say), gave no hint, as she hurried to her instrument, of the infinite power contained in her tiny frame. Yet from the first restless chords of the Wanderer Fantasy, to the last funereal trudge of the Vallée d’Obermann, it was obvious that we were in the presence of a daughter of thunder. It was like she was channeling the souls of Schubert and Liszt, showing us how much romantic power could still be wrung from these warhorses. The tumultuous applause seemed to embarrass her."
Gerald Carpenter, The Independent, Issue 849, March 6-13, 2003
"In its treasure trove of a concert Saturday at Faulkner Gallery, the Music Club of Santa Barbara saved its crowning jewel for last - pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran. This demure young woman appeared small and unassuming until she sat down at the grand piano and  sailed into Franz Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy." Her attack was forceful, very nearly overpowering. Her command of the music was complete. Her delicate hands achieved apparently unreachable spans in the stormy work that Schubert composed at the end of his brief life. After wowing the audience with "Wanderer," Ucbasaran played Franz Liszt's "Vallee d'Obermann." Again, the wonder of this diminutive performer was that she attained mastery of a work Liszt wrote for himself - Liszt of the massive hand span. Ucbasaran began piano studies in her native Istanbul when she was 4 years old and now makes her home in Santa Barbara. Her two recent CDs debuted to critical acclaim. Add another to the list of stellar Musicians this community is privileged to hear on a regular basis."
Margo Cline, The Valley Voice, Feb. 28 - Mar. 6, 2003