Ursula Oppens – Press

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75th Birthday Recital at Merkin Hall

Cheers and premieres to toast Ursula Oppens at 75

by David Wright New York Classical Review

February 3, 2019

“Here one was especially aware of the quality of Oppens’s tone—full and projected even in the softest pianissimo, and capable of producing tremendous impact in forte chords without sounding pinched or banged. Her pedaling was unusually subtle for new-music interpretation, managing resonances and overlapping tones like an expert Chopin player.”

Recital at Philadelphia Young Pianist's Academy

Pianist Ursula Oppens taps music at its source

by Steve J. Sherman The Inquirer

August 14, 2017

“The Rachmaninoff Etudes were intriguing, and the crisp wit of Stravinsky’s Piano Sonata‘s was perfectly in character. But never was she more in her element than in the second half of the recital, assembled from works written with her in mind. Oppens was particularly commanding in Two Diversions by Elliott Carter, for which she was dedicatee, vividly contrasting its rote patterns with splashes of color.”

'Celebrating Rzewski' at Bargemusic

Rzewski is celebrated with theatricality and bravura at Bargemusic

by George Grella New York Classical Review

May 7, 2016

“Oppens is the work’s great interpreter, with a second outstanding recording released last year on the Cedille label. Her technique was insecure at the start, but she hit a confident stride in the Marcato Variation 4. By the time she reached the second restatement of the theme, she was burning with a blue flame, playing with a roiling depth and sense of inevitability. Her Cadenza to Variation 27 was overpowering.”

Wuorinen Recital at the Morgan Museum

Ursula Oppens peforms Charles Wuorinen

New York Classical Review

November 21, 2013

“Ursula Oppens – for whom he wrote the work – played it with characteristic skill, power, drive and intellect.”

Wuorinen and Nancarrow at (Le) Poisson Rouge,

Ursula Oppens performs Wuorinen and Nancarrow

I Care if You Listen

March 7, 2012

“Pianist Ursula Oppens and the Jack String Quartet provided insightful performances of music by two outstanding American-born composers – Conlon Nancarrow and Charles Wuorinen – at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC this past Sunday….Ursula Oppens has spent decades performing new music and has forged working connections with some of the most important composers around. Her playing reflects this sense of investment in the music, and her experience and expertise ring out of the piano.”

Wuorinen and Nancarrow at (Le) Poisson Rouge,

Ursula Oppens at Le Poisson Rouge


March 7, 2012

“Oppens, a veteran of the new music scene, deftly handled the piece’s technical challenges and guided listeners through Wuorinen’s strange landscape. Through her expertly judged phrasing, the piece’s tiny episodes came together in a coherent musical arc. The work was surprisingly dancelike, with a transparent texture.”

Leonard Shure Tribute Concert

Leonard Shure Tribute Concert

The New York Times

July 26, 2010

“Ms. Oppens extended her Elliott Carter franchise with “Tri-Tribute” (2007-8), a set of three short, sparkling works that she played with consummate clarity and zest.”

Van Cliburn Foundation

by Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News

February 22, 2010

“One of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music…Throughout, Oppens played with authority and panache.”

Elliott Carter Celebration

Ursula Oppens performs Elliott Carter

by Joshua Kosman San Francisco Chronicle

December 9, 2008

“Oppens’ steely fingers and tender, inviting sense of lyricism infused the pieces on her program with athleticism and grace.”