Press - ArtisticSensual Sounds and virtuoso Performance
"Benz and Kéry proved to be a perfect duo, reacting to one another brilliantly. Their cultivated and passionate playing lead to interpretations of special atmospheric concentration. The concert gained a dramatic character with their virtuoso performance of the Sonata in D Major op. 9 by Leo Weiner, the Hungarian maestro of the late romantic period. The chamber music duo expertly interpreted the four movements of the Sonata. They increased the tempo, with moments of relaxation, only to end in a finale furioso..."
Isar-Loisachbote, 25th Juni 2009
Perfect, powerful Interaction
"Classical music can be enthralling; especially when it is performed with such temperament and passion as it was the case on Friday evening with Ulla Benz (Violin) and Tamás Kéry (Piano)... They interpreted Edvard Grieg’s Sonata in c minor powerfully and passionately. The perfect interaction between Ulla Benz and Tamás Kéry illuminated the Sonata’s contrasts wonderfully. The harmonies in the allegro molto ed apassionata movement and in the romantic allegretto had a beautifully mellow sound... The way the duo performed was sheer magic - the tempo in the Presto is breathtaking from both instruments and the entire piece (Violin Sonata by Sergei Prokofiev, Nr. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a) is full of exceedingly difficult passages. Nevertheless, the duo managed to present the piece powerfully and seemingly without any effort at all. The applause and "bravo" cries were more than justified."
Penzberger Merkur, 10th July 2006
"The trio was established in 1992. In 1995 it was awarded with the "Dieter-Ullrich-Musikförderpreis" (Dieter-Ullrich-Sponsorship-Award). It performed wonderfully in Weilheim on Saturday evening. It played every single note, every motif, and every passage precisely and exquisitely differentiated. This is the basis of their homogenous sound..."
Süddeutsche Zeitung, STA, 20th July 1999
Aspiring Soloists display their Talent
"Ulla Benz is the archetypal virtuoso violinist. Her technically brilliant performance is as enchanting as her beautiful tone and her musical temperament..."
Tagesspiegel Berlin, 16th December 1998
Rousing Interpretation with poetic Force
"Ulla Benz interpreted Eugene Ysaye’s Solo Sonata op. 27/3 of 1924. The piece with the title "Ballade" impresses with its innovative harmonics. Benz shone throughout the progression from the slow and elaborately expressive melos to acrobatic and fantastic movements that portray Ysaye’s fanatic fluency and great artistic quality... Benz acquired her abilities in learning from Liana Issakadze and Samson Gonaschwili..."
Münchener Merkur, 30th May 1996
"Ulla Benz performed Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto with perfection and sublime expertise - the entire audience was stunned..."
Hamburger Abendblatt, 7th March 1996
"Here, as throughout the whole performance, the violinist Ulla Benz impresses with her singing and intimate intonation... Their rendition of the second "song" in Dimitri Shostakovich’s piano concerto c minor op. 8 took the audience on a journey through vast Russian landscapes..."
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27th October 1993
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