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Top score 5/5
„The Mendelssohn Fantasie Op 28 is a dream; Gerl’s terrific finger-speed towards the end is pure joy. Repertoire choices, too, are wonderful: the three Mendelssohn Venetian Gondola Songs unfold beautifully while Liszt’s Two Concert Etudes (the well-known ‚Waldesrauschen‘ and ‚Gnomenreigen‘) reveal a player capable of great pianistic colour [...] Unhesitatingly recommended.”
January 2018 International Piano London, Colin Clarke

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An evening of symphonic greatness
„The two musicians inspired the audience with their empathetic, energetic playing [...] At times, the instruments seemed to become one to then connect again in a communicative way – the listeners enjoyed the great virtuosity of the musicians.“
26.01.2018 Böhmer-Zeitung, Müller Dorit

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CD Review and Recommendation
„Eternal longing, an eternal journey and always in search of happiness, but a journey in vain: ‘There, where you are not, there is happiness.’ ‘The Wanderer’ – this utterly romantic motif was chosen by the young German pianist Jamina Gerl as the theme for her new CD release. Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy” is the focus of the programme, cleverly and multifariously complemented with works by composers from Mendelssohn to Shostakovich. Jamina Gerl deliberately defines the notion of the wanderer quite broadly and also includes voyages across waters. [...] Artistically, the multi-award-winning pianist impresses with her stylistic command, her precision in the details and her keen sense for finely differentiated timbres.”
04.08.2017 Coburger Tageblatt, Jochen Berger

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„Gerl may be new to the world of recordings but her talent is impressive, her repertoire substantial and diverse. Her presence at the keyboard is powerful and her technique is flawless. Her interpretive decisions are thoughtful and consistent [...]
Gerl’s recording debut makes a memorable impact with an outstanding program designed around a challenging theme. Seeing her name on a major label soon will come as no surprise.“
July 2017 WholeNote Canada, Alex Baran

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An experience that stays with you
„Jamina Gerl took her mesmerized audience along on an incredible, infernal ride, again and again interrupting it with no less gripping Elysian phases. It was here that the artist revealed the outstanding rank and breadth that she had indicated at the start in Bach’s aria. An experience that stays with you!“
16.05.2017 NWZ, Ulrich Kernen

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„And this new TYXart recording featuring German pianist Jamina Gerl makes an excellent job of bringing everything together through the concept of the Wanderer. And not just the physical traveler but also the spiritual journeyer, allowing the mind to wander via romantic ideals, exotic places, dreams or wild fantasy. And none of the works on this CD distract from this condition [...]
And everyting here is performed with just the right amount of character, élan and expressive depth to take the listener along on a musical journey unique to each one. A well engineered recording, clear piano sound, booklet notes of interest and beautiful packaging, all help and make this a piano recording worth having.“
April 2017 Classical Music Sentinel Canada, Jean-Yves Duperron

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Highlight was the „Wanderer Fantasy“
Pianist Jamina Gerl shines in her master’s concert for the Werner Trenkner Gesellschaft
„Listeners were able to admire the interpreter’s sensitivity and the wealth of timbres in her Beethoven performance [...] ‘The Wanderer’ is also the title of her new CD and, as on the disc, the pianist ended the concert with a stunning interpretation of Schubert’s great ‘Wanderer Fantasy.’“
20.03.2017 Solinger Tageblatt, Klaus Günther

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CD-Reviews
„This young lady can do anything at the keyboard, and has style and panache. […] I’ve rarely come across a young artist who excels in such different compositional schools and genres.“ (Dave Saemann)

„This is, in fact, a well-balanced, highly satisfying piano recital performed by a very talented artist who has something of her own to say in each of these works. […] What does place Gerl in league with other great keyboard artists is her seemingly innate ability to differentiate each of the pieces on her program according to its historical context and style.“ (Jerry Dubins)

„Her technique is noticeably clear and smooth, ingrained with mature musicality. In every piece the warmth of her playing comes through, without a trace of clatter or display for its own sake. […] This wound up being the most imaginatively constructed piano recital to come my way in a year and one of the most enjoyable. It’s typical for a rising soloist like Gerl to present as many facets of her abilities as she can, but besides accomplishing that goal, she gives us a way to reflect upon one of the most dominant and enduring themes of Romanticism.“ (Huntley Dent)

„Production values on Jamina Gerl’s new disc are simply stunning. The photography is amazingly atmospheric: shots of the pianist immersed in Nature. […] The disc takes the Romantic idea of the Wanderer as a starting point, from the lighter works of Mendelssohn (and his Scottish voyagings) to Liszt to the fabled island of joy as imagined so unforgettably by Debussy. As a program, it is little short of magnificent; and Gerl does not disappoint musically, either. A most fascinating disc; the recording quality itself is top drawer, with fine presence.“ (Colin Clarke)
March 2017 Fanfare Magazine USA

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“Yet another young German pianist launches her recorded career and does so in style […] there is no problem in getting the keyboard to speak any way she wishes, and she balances virtuosity with expressivity and nuance. ”
March 2017 American Record Guide, Alan Becker

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Top score and recommendation of the month!
Music: 5/5, sound: 5/5
„The promise already made by the beautiful thematic concept is indeed kept on the piano by Jamina Gerl: the pianist from Bonn has a truly brilliant technique, possesses an enormous musical instinct and both sensitive and keen powers of expression.“
„No matter which of the eleven works you listen to, you always experience stylistically mature piano playing.“
„With her first CD, which hopefully will be followed soon by more recordings, the pianist has made a top-class debut.“
February 2017 Fono Forum, Frank Siebert

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CD Review and Recommendation
„Everything is well rounded, technical, imaginative, inventive, in a charming color spectrum, the phrases elaborated to the last detail, the dynamic discourse in its many shades, the extremely nuanced touch that reveals two masterly hands. The fortissimi do not attack the noble sound of the grand piano, the pianissimi retain their core.“
February 2017 OpusKlassiek The Netherlands, Aart van der Walé

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CD Review: Powers of persuasion
Interpretation: 4/5, sound quality: 4/5, repertoire value: 4/5, booklet: 3/5
„With her debut album, the young Bonn pianist Jamina Gerl has presented a highly expressive calling card. [...] Excelling with abundant dynamic traction and poetic power, she proves that Mendelssohn is still underestimated as a piano composer. Applying great musical sensitivity, she explores ways to sanctuaries of imagination and created dream worlds, which she deliberately wants to be understood as thematic elements of the overarching motto.”
17.02.2017 Klassik.com, Thomas Gehrig

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Interpretation: 5/6, sound: 6/6, repertoire value: 4/6
„Gerl already scores in particular with her natural feeling for the composer’s subtle tonal ideas in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Fantasy Op. 28. All her playing is extremely transparent, while at the same time spiced with great emotional expressiveness, thus creating a consistently personal dimension. [...] A debut CD that presents the playing of a truly interesting artist.“
January 2017 PianoNews, Carsten Dürer

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'Klassik Heute' Recommendation and CD of the week!
Artistic quality: 10/10, sound quality: 9/10, overall impression: 10/10
„The pianist does not leave anything to be desired in conveying Liszt’s pianistic sense of being outcast, searching for a home and lovelorn; her performance delivers sufficient tonal shades to give the wandering, in truth mostly contemplating, traveler a countenance.“
„Jamina Gerl successfully renders the Wanderer Fantasy; drawing a thoughtful picture, confident in the technically challenging sections and with no signs of fatigue in the tricky closing “Fugue.” In the long shadow cast by the outstanding Richter recording, I believe it to be one of the most compelling renditions of the piece ever.“
26.11.2016 Klassik-heute Germany, Peter Cossé

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CD-Review and Tip: Deeply felt wanderings
„The young German pianist Jamina Gerl impresses us with a CD that places a number of smaller pieces (Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Chabrier, Debussy) between Mendelssohn’s Scottish Sonata and Schubert’s Wanderer, combining it into a coherent program in which she can display her full range of skill, from her nimble virtuosity to her both deeply-felt and reflective rendition.But the greatest surprise of all is the abundance of tones and nuances she delivers, allowing her to give each piece its own hue and highly specific character, making Mendelssohn sound like Mendelssohn and Debussy like Debussy – and that applies to all composers.
20.11.2016 Pizzicato Luxembourg, Remy Franck

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On the trail of the lonely wanderer
„As a performer, Jamina Gerl confidently transverses a great tonal cosmos of flickering reflections on the water and dark gorges, a sense of invigoration and thunderstorms: the pianist from Bonn portrays all this with technical excellence – for instance, in the virtuoso pieces by Liszt – and musical empathy.“
20.11.2016 Lüneburger Landeszeitung

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CD Review and Recommendation: Wanderers’ music
„Jamina Gerl, pianist from Bonn, shows musical excellence in works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt and Dmitri Shostakovich.“
„Franz Liszt’s piano version of Schubert’s song, by the way, is the second-to-last track of the wonderful concept album. It is followed by Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, an impressive final that picks up the motive of the song. Here, Jamina Gerl proves herself to be a top-class virtuoso, whose powerful yet finely articulated playing makes one forget the technical difficulties of the piece. [...] She plays with great clarity and brilliance, and has finely developed sense of phrasing melodic lines quite vocally.“
23.10.2016 General-Anzeiger, Bernhard Hartmann

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Jamina Gerl demonstrates her brilliance in “Opposites”
The audience thanks the 30-year-old pianist with almost unending applause
„Listening to Mozart’s Sonata KV 332 in F major and Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 111 in C minor indeed meant hearing two opposite emotions. The sentiments in the piece by the Viennese master were playful, almost carefree and light as a child. The combination of Jamina Gerl’s precise, yet relaxed and easy playing in the third movement, the fast-paced Allegro assai, was remarkable. By contrast, the work of Bonn’s composer was full of feeling, with a touch of melancholy, which was perfectly reflected in the C minor, while the two movements of Beethoven’s last piano sonata portray yet another contrast. The Maestoso was powerful and full of emotion; the Arietta was calm, solemn and thoughtful.“
02.05.2016 Rheinzeitung, Andreas Wetzler

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Diabolic feat of strength
„Jamina Gerl perfectly adapted the programme of her piano recital in the Post Tower Lounge
to this year’s Beethoven Festival theme: ‘Changes’.“
„The cycle of variations seemed to have been composed just for Jamina Gerl: brilliant and yet profound ... The simply structured theme was followed by a smooth rendition of the piece by the Bonn native, who clearly distinguished the different characters of the variations and wandered from clear to nebulous, from powerful to flattering.“
„Now, however, the Chaconne was heard in Busoni’s arrangement – not pompous, but taut,
with careful use of the pedal and high concentration on orchestral timbres.“
„Towards the end, Schubert’s song Der Wanderer was first heard in Lisztian modification. Gerl made the valley steam, the sea roar and the searching hiker sigh and despair, before subjecting the song to yet another transformation: She presented an enormous, almost diabolic feat of strength with the Wanderer Fantasy.“
„Nevertheless, the audience marvelled at the young pianist’s power and pianistic mastery.“
„The audience was thrilled and lured forth Mendelssohn’s Gondola Song in F sharp minor Op. 30 no. 6 as an encore, which she rendered delicately and intimately.“
03.10.2015 General-Anzeiger, Barbara Pikullik

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Jamina Gerl’s brilliant performance at the Bürgersaal
„She performed the Chaconne with cool noblesse and yet appropriately paced vitality, bringing out
both the complex melodies and Busoni's romantic notions with colourful pedal use.“
„With her powerful fortissimo, Gerl took her fascinated listeners captive from the outset,
while at the same time giving a magnificent rendition of the lyrical and sparkling moments.“
26.09.2015 Schleswiger Nachrichten, Werner Bodendorff

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Sonata shrouded in myth
„The guest of the evening, however, gives proof of her extraordinary talent not only at the piano, but also in the way in which she explains the essence of the famous Sonata in an understandable way even for non-professionals ... she impressively underpins her explanations with excerpts from the sonata.“
„Her piano playing is characterized by empathy, nuance, a brilliant technique and stylistically confident musical performance.“
„Her fingers seem to fly over the keyboard at times; she softly and gently coaxes melodious, lyrical timbres from the instrument.“
„Not only the artist seems to be lost in another world, even some of the listeners are sent into reveries by the melody...“
„After almost two hours it’s all over. Sadly. The response of the audience shows that they would have gladly heard more.“
13.07.2015 Buxtehuder Tageblatt, Franziska Felsch

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Soulful sounds and concentrated silence
„The young pianist cast a spell on her audience with her spirited and emotional playing.“
„…with her energetic and soulful sounds, the pianist gave a fulminant opening, and her performance of Franz Schubert's impromptus was no less marked by confidence.“
„Not only were the older visitors visibly impressed by the artist’s strong performance, but the younger members of the audience obviously also wholly appreciated the artist’s virtuosity.“
27.04.2015 Westfälische Nachrichten, Anne Reinker

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Sensitive rhetoric, precise changes of tempo
„While her technical skills are superior to any difficulty whatsoever, she does not deliver narcissistic keyboard acrobatics, but an exceptionally profound interpretation in which the virtuosic aspects of this 760-measure, thoroughly composed, dazzling sonata dedicated to Robert Schumann are consistently devoted to what appears to be a completely sound anamnesis of the phenomenon of Franz Liszt...“
„Gerl also renders Mendelssohn with convincingly graded drama, portraying him as a lyrical ‘narrator’ with utter stylistic confidence, and even the urgent drive of the final presto does not sacrifice its poetic content to effect.“
„With sensitive rhetoric and delicate changes of tempo, Bach’s last work from Volume I of the Well-Tempered Clavier is then rendered in a way that clearly underlines the very modernity of Bach.“
„Gerl’s interpretation of Beethoven’s cycle of variations resembles a doctrine of different temperaments, whereby she gives suspenseful evidence of the broad versatility of Beethoven's energetic art of variations.“
März 2015, nmz (Neue Musikzeitung)

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With drive and energy
Bonn’s Jamina Gerl gave a compelling piano performance
„The soloist was pianist Jamina Gerl from Bonn, who performed her part absolutely brilliantly. Far from any virtuosic sensationalism, she delivered a compelling performance with an interpretation that was well-thought out both in detail and on the whole.“
02.02.2015 General-Anzeiger, Guido Krawinkel

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Proof of great talent
„...the program sequence ranged from Bach to Debussy and culminated in the magnificent and technically quite demanding B Minor Sonata by Liszt, which the musician performed with an unerring sense of its specific mix of virtuosity and intellectual background...“
„Jamina Gerl also masters the simple and austere sides of music, which shone particularly in the works by Bach and Beethoven, and she also did justice to the “romantic classic” of Mendelssohn's exquisite F Sharp Minor Fantasy, which is all too rarely played, in a most beautiful way.“
February 2015, Köln-Bonner Musikkalender, Gunter Duvenbeck

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Gentle lioness on the piano
„While she mastered all technical complexities with unperturbed ease, we do not witness acrobatic power piano playing, but exceptionally subtle art.“
„Bach’s last work from the first volume of his so-called “old testament” is rendered with sensitive rhetoric.“
„Gerl’s interpretation of Beethoven’s cycle of variations resembles a doctrine of different temperaments.“
30/12/2014 General-Anzeiger, Fritz Herzog

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Virtuosic pianist with good memory
„Despite the differentiation, one had the impression that the whole piece was seamless – it was performed superbly.“
„Jamina Gerl played the soft, almost chorale-like beginning fervently. The nocturne also exuded many emotions – the last chord was allowed to linger for a long time.“
„And once again, the audience witnessed powerful playing filled out with soft voices as the pianist seemed to caress the keys.“
„One could only admire the differentiated interpretation: she conjured a wide variety of sounds from the Steinway grand.“
17.03.2014 Flensburger Tageblatt, Reimer Pohl 

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Expressive chords and swift runs
„Young Bonn-born pianist Jamina Gerl … enthused her obviously highly knowledgeable audience with her highly focused, masterly and perfect piano playing beyond all measure.”
„It was an intoxicating musical performance staging quiet poetic and strikingly expressive chords as well as delicate and swift artistic elements with precision and sensitivity.”
„The pianist cast a spell over her audience, almost suggestively, with flaming rhythm and soft emotionality”
„The enthusiastic audience thanked her with well-deserved standing ovations, asking for an encore of such perfect musical enjoyment.”
31.01.2014 Rhein-Zeitung, Wolfram Heidelmayer 

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Charity concert with Jamina Gerl
„She delivered high technical precision, shaping the music like a sculpture under her fingers.”
18.01.2014 Blick aktuell, Koblenz

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'International Shining Stars' Present Solo and Chamber Pieces
Four Persuasive Pianists
„Ms. Gerl’s disciplined and distinguished interpretation was on an elevated technical and musical level. At times it seemed as if she was channeling Beethoven himself improvising at the piano at white heat.”
02.12.2013 The Epoch Times, Michael Sherwin

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Jamina Gerl excels in New York
„The young pianist from Bonn won the 1st prize at the 2013 International Shining Stars Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Competition and delivered a fulminant performance of Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Vassilievich Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) on October 7, 2013.”
Dezember 2013, nmz (Neue Musikzeitung) 

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Exciting sensitive performance
„She gave a wonderful rendition of the special Beethoven sound with her sensitive, energetic and soulful playing.”
„At this point, her performance turned into enchantment, which was reflected by the audience that remained very quiet throughout the concert. No noise was heard, just the artist playing.”
„Gerl gave beautiful expression to Chopin’s emotionality by her exciting rendition of the octaves that lead to a heaven of joy, full of passion and effervescence and eventually coming back to rest. Gerl mastered this music with fervor and unperturbed outer appearance.”
„…she brought the audience to fever pitch.”
Dezember 2013, nmz (Neue Musikzeitung), Gabriele Paqué

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New York Concerti Sinfonietta Presents Exciting Concerts
'Rach 3' piano concerto conquers
„…on the strength of Jamina Gerl’s presentation of the Third Concerto at the Church of St. Joseph on Oct. 7, the work holds no terrors for her.”
„Her performance was a triumph for all concerned.”
„Gerl is a lioness of the keyboard. She has an enviably secure technique and fast fingers, while her warm tone avoided undue percussiveness. She had a firm concept of each movement’s overall structure. Not surprisingly, she elected to play the concerto’s original, more difficult cadenza, building it up inexorably to serve as the climax of the movement with startling, even frightening power.”
„The performance ended strongly. Gerl’s brisk tempos gave the last movement a run for its money, elevating the adrenaline level. The ferocious motoric power of her stretto near the close of the finale raised goose bumps, opening out into a majestically broad, lyrical, and exultant presentation of the culminating melodic theme, capped by a brilliant fusillade of octaves hammering home the emphatic conclusion of an exciting interpretation.”
14.10.2013 The Epoch Times, New York

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Further feedback
„Her performance was of the highest caliber and displayed sensitivity, nuance, technical command and stylistic musical delivery in her entire program.”

03.02.2014 Dr. Jody Graves (Eastern Washington University)
 

„A woman with stron musical ideas… willing to be flexible and perform as a chamber musician with the orchestra when necessary. It was a pleasure to make music with her.”
02.02.2014,
Paul Hostetter (Music Director and Conductor of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Orchestra)
 

„She is an extremely gifted pianist with enormous potential. I was always impressed by her preparation and the depth of her performances.”
30.09.2012, Dr. James Litzelman (Catholic University of America)

„I very much appreciate both her great skill and flexibility as a pianist. Ms. Gerl is an outstanding pianist, an imaginative musician and a wonderful collaborator in accompanying and chamber music.”
12.09.2012, Prof. Jody Gatwood (Concert Master Emeritus, National Philharmonic Orchestra)

„While still very early in her career, Ms. Gerl has already developed impressive technical capabilities as well as a mature, sensitive approach to the piano.”
26.01.2011, Dr. Alexander Tutunov (Southern Oregon University)
 

„She is an exciting performer who brings tremendous artistry and musicianship to her performances.”
19.11.2009, Dr. Eduard Zilberkant (Music Director and Conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony orchestra)

„I have known Jamina Gerl for several years and have seen great progress in her artistry. She is both exciting and profound in her music making.”
25.09.2009, Dr. Jerome Rose (Mannes College of Music)

„She is an extremely talented pianist with sensitive, intellectual and keen artistic musical abilities.”
28.10.2008, Prof. Roswitha Gediga (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)

„Ms. Jamina Gerl impressed as a thoughtful, dedicated musician, endowed with temperament sensitivity, admirable technical control and, significantly, attention to the quality of sound.”
14.09.2008, Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky (Tel Aviv University)

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