Scriabin Recording
No pianist of any generation has, in my experience, captured Scriabin's volatility so vividly as Sudbin... All these performances are flecked with personal touches and brilliances above and beyond even Scriabin's wildest demands...This, put suitably euphorically, is a disc in a million.

Editor's Choice
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
Phenomenal pianism in close-up

Sudbin has an astonishing way of balancing things up, of making the whole recital being much bigger than the sum of its parts. (2023)

Sebastian Scotney, The Artsdesk
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

Sudbin gives us a Tchaikovsky First of spine-tingling brilliance, poetry and vivacity. This is never the Tchaikovsky you have always known, but an arrestingly novel rethink with the concentration on mercurial changes of mood and direction..Not even Cherkassky at his finest possesed a more elfin sense of difference or caprice.

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Yevgeny Sudbin here miraculously combines the volcanic intensity of Vladimir Horowitz with the cat-and-mouse tonal reflexes of Mikhail is fascinating to compare the microcosmic hysteria whipped up by the Master with Sudbin's angst-fuelled sonic explosions, thrillingly offset by an exquisite pearly legato worthy of Scriabin's great rival, Rachamninov...Yet for playing as terrifyingly changeable and emotionally all-engulfing as the music itself, Horowitz (RCA & Sony), Ogdon (EMI) and Sudbin truly galvanise the attention.

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Disc of the Month, Five Double Stars

Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio

This new performance is among the best...Amazing virtuosity but always at the service of the music.

Diapason d'Or

The Strad

I have been fortunate to hear a number of Tchaikovsky piano solo discs, but none as engaging as this one; truly a must-have if you like Russian romantic piano music.


American Record Guide

Last month at London's Wigmore Hall, Yevgeny Sudbin gave a blistering recital which had as its climax the Ninth Piano Sonata by Skryabin...The sheer demonic terror that the performance evoked is recaptured on this superb disc, on which Sudbin asserts his credentials as an interpreter of Skryabin par excellence.

CD of the Year

Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

A great recital. He is a pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement and has total confidence in his imaginative concept of each piece (Wigmore Hall)

Adrian Jack, The Independent
Tchaikovsky/Medtner Piano Concertos Recording

Few seem as fresh and necessary as this release from this wonder pianist

Five Stars

Geoff Brown, The Times
Concertgebouw Debut

Sudbin's Rachmaninoff reminded one of the aristocratic playing of the composer himself. In his own arrangement of one of Rachmaninoff's songs, Spring Waters, he demonstrated to be a match for this grandmaster.

Christo Lelie, Trouw
This is never the Tchaikovsky youhave always known but an arrestingly novel rethink with the concentration on mercurial changes of mood and direction. Here, amazingly, is one of the most familiar of all concertos rekindled in all its first glory, brimming over with zest and shorn of all clichés that have adhered to it over the years.

Disc of the Month, Editor's Choice
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
Rachmaninov Recording
This confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time
Harriet Smith, International Record Review
Scarlatti Recording
Once in a blue moon a record appears by a hitherto unknown artist who seems destined to take his place among the elect. Both musically and technically, this debut is on a par with those two greatest of Scarlatti pianists, Horowitz and Pletnev. As eloquent in the most poignant sonatas as he is brilliant in the showstoppers, Sudbin is already a master.
Daniel Stearns, Piano
Concert Reviews
Yevgeny Sudbin is already hailed as potentially one of
the greatest pianists of the 21st century
The Daily Telegraph
From the opening octave cascades to the tender warmth of the first theme, and on to its filigree development, Sudbin's playing had the delicacy of the composer's own of this work, and his dynamics were calibrated with comparable finesse. Abetted by Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic, the second movement's Chopinesque mood came gracefully across, while the springtime charm of the closing allegro was irresistible.
Michael Church, The Independent

Sudbin is in an Altared State
Sudbin has all the strength, brittleness and languor that Rachmaninov's music demands; if much of the First Piano Concerto is about hard muscle, the marvellously liquid tone that he produced in quieter passages showed his sense of fantasy in full flight.
The BBC Philharmonic under Yan Pascal Tortelier fulfilled the role of an adoring companion, agreeing with everything Sudbin had to say.

Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard

Sudbin's playing in itself was something to be relished. It had fluency, energy and power, harnessing the music's expressive lyrical characteristics and also showing that the pianistic virtuosity is there not just to dazzle but also to form an integral part of the musical discourse.

Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph
The Thrill of the Chase
The slow movement slides a seemingly nonchalant melody over dreamy chords that have become clichés at the hands of smoochy hotel bar pianists, but Sudbin played it straight. The last movement went like a rocket. Here the soloist excelled, his youth confident in its delirious speed, the orchestra panting in the excitement of the chase.
Rick Jones, London New Statesman
There has been much buzz surrounding 28-year-old Sudbin. The slender Russian's recent recordings have received highly favorable notices. Justly so. Friday night he brought a remarkably buoyant touch and sensitivity to Rachmaninoff's beloved variations. Some pianists naturally bring a white-hot, visceral intensity to their music-making. And then there are others who prefer a cooler, "Apollonian" dignity. While Sudbin's pianism tended toward the latter, he conveyed excitement. Thunderous octaves gave way to beautifully textured voicing in the famous Variation XVIII. Every note and gesture in Sudbin's playing was musical. Read More...
Matthew Erikson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Sudbin's great quality was his acute sense of characterization, conveying not just the letter of the music through his consummate technique, but also its spirit through his intuition and inspiration. Any chance to hear him should be snapped up.
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

Sudbin's standing as an electrifying artist was emphatically confirmed. (Wigmore Hall)

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