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In Jaén, we discovered a young exceptional pianist. Some jurors speak of her as the new Martha Argerich, no less.

Concurso Internacional de Piano Premio Jaén by Gonzalo Pérez Chamorro, RITMO Magazine, Spain, May, 2015



Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 was an ideal vehicle for Anastasia Rizikov, whose musical personality contains an essential fire of life as well as a lyrical instinct. Just barely 15, Ms. Rizikov has preternatural insight into the moods of the concerto, as she summoned up the nobility of the musical landscape in all its variety. Ms. Rizikov is an extraordinary virtuoso, with abundant technical prowess. But she is more than the sum of ten fingers – she is a consummate artist, born to play, to love the art and act of music-making. 

“Two young musicians shine in Orchestra London debuts” by Renee Silberman, The Beat Magazine, January 21, 2014


Anastasia performs with the sure touch of a seasoned professional. Her inborn musicality is matched by brilliance and stylish artistry.

Renee Silberman, Serenata Music, January 30, 2013



…an extremely capable young soloist…

“Pianist Rizikov performs with the N.A.O.” by Judith Caldwell posted on www.ontarioartsreview.ca website, June 30, 2012



At intermission, one experienced London concert-goer called her a force of nature — this about a lovely and gracefully poised twelve year old. It was not an exaggeration.

“Pianist Anastasia Rizikov wows Wolf Performance Hall audience” by Joe Lella at The Beat Magazine, November 14, 2011



Rizikov sounded confident, friendly, intelligent and funny - not unlike the bold and gifted young heroes of the books by British author Roald Dahl, a favourite of hers.

“Piano prodigy is already a veteran” by James Reaney at The London Free Press, November 12, 2011



What can one say about a phenomenon of nature? I am convinced that 12-year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is actually a 40-year-old woman trapped in a child’s body. Deadly talented and mature beyond her years…

“Rizikov’s love affair with Binghamton continues” by Tony Villecco on Broome County Arts Council website, September 22, 2011



Anastasia once again demonstrated both her mastery of the instrument as well as her understanding and empathy for the music she lives and breathes, not simply plays.

“Piano concert showcased talented 12-year-old” by Howard Tuckey in “Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin” newspaper on September 19, 2011



If talent were rocket fuel, Rizikov’s would take her into the stratosphere.

“Piano prodigy fishes for “Trout” by Chris Kocher in “Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin” newspaper on September 15 , 2011



…it's still somehow astonishing to see and hear someone so young playing like that.

“The astonishing 12-year-old Anastasia Rizikov”, by Li Robbins at CBC News, May, 2011



Judges and observers commented on Anastasia’s natural playing, saying she played with heart.

“12-year-old Toronto pianist wins first price in International Piano Competition in Spain”, La Scena Musicale Magazine, May 2011



I could see her hands, and her fascinating mastery over the keyboard. But I could also see her face, and there I saw her heart and soul, as she gave herself to the music she played.

“Anastasia Review” by Howard James Tuckey, December 07, 2009



The local newspaper called her a "pint-sized pianist," but if we are talking great technique and incredible musical sensitivity and expression in a nine-year-old prodigious young pianist, Anastasia Rizikov would compare more to the size of a gallon.

“Anastasia Rizikov Captures Hearts in Binghamton, NY” by Lance G. Hill on Classical Music Guide website, November 18, 2009



Her grasp of Preludes by Gershwin showed off Anastasia’s jazzy side- she will meet every musical challenge with spirit – nothing will be beyond her as her hands grow to meet her awesome talent!

“Two Child Prodigies Visit London” by Renée Silberman at “The Beat Magazine”, London, ON, September, 2009



There at the piano, kicking it all off, sat a child, not yet ten, playing Rachmaninoff and Chopin, the great piano masters – playing the music, not just the notes – with a sense of pleasure and ease that took the breath away.

“(Too) Many Happy Returns?” by David Perlman at WholeNote Magazine, p. 6, November 7, 2008



All laughing aside, through hard work and sheer talent, she's definitely making her dreams and goals come true.

“Scarborough pianist is youngest at gala concert” by Norm Nelson at “Scarborough Mirror”, April, 2008




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