Dr George Zacharias Reviews

‘This is a formidable solo recital from a highly accomplished musician… a small master class in accentuation, dynamic shading and myriad suggestive colouristic devices - all sounding perfectly natural and unforced… Zacharias's tone here is rightly broader, wider and more romanticised in orientation… Here we find nearly eight minutes' worth of wrist numbing drama, projected with unstinting panache… When one encounters excellence of this kind it's right to acknowledge the fact.’
(Musicweb, Recording of the Month, October 2009, Jonathan Woolf)

‘By any standards this is an outstanding disc debut… fellow fiddlers will blanch to hear him… Bartók's Sonata, with the microtones in the finale that Zacharias has researched in the RAM Menuhin collection, is notable for excellent tempos. The first movement is played with precision and a lovely soft ending; the Fuga is incisive; Zacharias finds a beautiful mezza voce quality for the Melodia, sometimes unearthly quiet; and he swings nicely through the Presto…. Ysaÿe's Sonata, written for Quiroga with Spanish elements, rightly draws a more Romantic tone and style from Zacharias.’
(The Strad, Gold Star Recommendation, August 2009, Tully Potter)

‘Greek virtuoso George Zacharias is no less fleet-fingered and stylistically assured than his Italian colleague [Salvatore Accardo]; indeed, some may prefer his more luxuriously rounded sound, smoother legato and almost superhuman taming of ‘noises off'… Zacharias is temperamentally far closer to Menuhin in his apparent desire to absorb this intractable score into the Western performing tradition… Zacharias proves especially persuasive in these enormously demanding opuses, tracing their expressive logic with a probing assuredness that is enormously compelling. I look forward to his next release with eager anticipation.’
(International Record Review, July 2009, Julian Haylock)

‘Bookending the evening was Greek violinist George Zacharias, nimbler fingered than a pickpocket. He opened with vintage Paganini, creating enough pizzicatos and staccatos to test anyone, even Paganini himself…always with his charming and haunting sound…’
(Observer, UK 10/7/2007)

‘Mr Zacharias’ performance had the audience nailed to their seats… utterly captivating and impeccable musical performance that proved yet again his quality as a great virtuoso… His three bedazzling encores commanded one more ecstatic standing ovation…’
(Herald, Australia 20/11/2003)

‘Violinist George Zacharias… bedazzled his audience and performed with unique virtuosity and sensibility… certainly a name to watch out for…’
(Belgian State Radio broadcast, 17/7/2001)