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."
In Jaén, we discovered a young, exceptional pianist. Some jurors speak of her as the new Martha Argerich, no less. Her performance in the finals of Chopin's Piano Concerto. 2, as well as qualifying events to reach the final proved her to be a pianist, despite her youth, of a huge imaginable quality and projection."