Reviews

Yossif Ivanov & Hong Kong Sinfonietta, French May Festival June 2013

…Yossif Ivanov bought in Chausson’s Poeme steadily, with no lack of emotion. Every vibrato and high notes could draw your heartstrings. His tone colour was rich and substantial, uncommonly vivid playing of Ivanov. …Ivanov displayed the freedom and verve of the gypsies. He played with much virtuosity and attack... Full of power of expression and never over the top. - Matthew Cheng

14/10/2012 : Youth rules the Oregon Symphony performance this weekend - Henri Dutilleux's violin concerto "Tree of Dreams"

…It was a masterful performance from conductor, soloist and orchestra… Ivanov played effortlessly and with beautifully pure tone through thorny phrases full of multiple stops and rapid figures, all the while giving a sense that he'd thoroughly wrapped his mind around the abstruse music.

5/10/2012: CBSO/Weller & Yossif Ivanov at Symphony Hall

Max Bruch G minor Violin Concerto was the centrepiece of this evening’s concert…. Yossif Ivanov was soloist, an awesome young talent for whom display is anathema, and who relies instead on the instinctive musicality which draws such elegantly communicative tone from his diminutive on-loan 1699 Stradivarius. Attack here was subtle, singing lines were rich but never cloying, and there was a gipsy-like pride in the multiple-stopping which colours the finale. - Christopher Morley

29/03/2012: Yossif Ivanov et l’Orchestre National d’île de France, Salle Pleyel, Paris

Brahms Concerto en ré majeur op 77 - ...la fougue et l’entrain de Yossif sont en parfaite adéquation avec le caractère à la fois fiévreux et enjoué des fêtes bohémiennes que Brahms voulait évoquer. - Marie Charlotte Mallard

NRC Handelsblad 20/07/2010

"Yossif Ivanov’s every note is pure magic" - Concert at Concertgebouw Amsterdam ; Beethoven concerto with Limburgs Symphony Orchestra

8/09/2011 : VIEUXTEMPS Violin Concertos

…Like the Fourth Concerto, the Fifth has had a number of recent champions, beginning with Heifetz, who recorded it twice, the first version as authoritative a performance as the concerto might have received from its composer. Grumiaux recorded it with Rosenthal in 1963. …Yossif Ivanov plays with a commanding brilliance and never seems to be looking over his shoulder (in this company, who would dare?). He doesn’t need to. Everything’s technically crisp (especially staccatos) and extrovertedly rhetorical (the slow movement’s a good example). Arpeggios roll darkly (can this be what Nathan Milstein referred to as his own “Black Sea technique”?). Here’s a performance that stands almost head and shoulders with the most illustrious.- Robert Maxham

29/06/2009 : Norman Lebrecht reviews new Yossif Ivanov disc

Ivanov finds bucolic innocence in the second Bartók concerto and mystery in the Shostakovich first. Both interpretations are personal to the point of idiosyncracy, a welcome relief from standardised star versions. - Norman Lebrecht

13/04/2007 : Yossif Ivanov & London Philharmonic Orchestra/Marin Alsop

…Contemporaneous with the Britten is Samuel Barber’s glorious Violin Concerto (1939). Yossif Ivanov “not yet 21 years old” (to quote from his biography) gave a wonderful showing in the solo part. His technical ability always served this beautifully Romantic concerto and his reticence in the first movement was very affecting; a good tempo, too, flowing with purpose and avoiding it being the first of two slow movements. When that did arrive, Ian Hardwick led off with an eloquent oboe solo and Ivanov dug deep into his instrument to produce a rich sound that could, from a less innate musician, have been considered applied. The brief finale dashed and darted, textural luminescence never threatened – and this lovely and colourful work concluded with a unanimous flourish. Alsop, very familiar with this music, and the LPO were wholly excellent in support with much finely-placed detail. ‘Must hear more of Ivanov’, I was thinking. I didn’t have to wait long. He didn’t announce his encore, and for a while it seemed to be the slow movement of Bartók’s Sonata, but I believe he played the single-movement Sonata No.3 of Ysaÿe, known as ‘Ballade’; it was a quite marvellous performance, superbly executed and conveyed with insight and charisma. This guy’s special! - Colin Anderson

The Strad June 2007: Tim Homfray enjoys some compelling Beethoven and is knocked sideways by the latest whizzkid violinist in Barber’s Violin Concerto

On 13 April the violinist Yossif Ivanov, not yet 21 and with a trail of awards behind him, made his London debut at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, performing Barber’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Ivanov is a player of impressive presence and authority, and he tackled Barber’s profoundly lyrical work with swagger and aplomb. He has astonishing technical facility and a tone of focused beauty, equally beguiling in the sweeping melodies of the first movement and the extreme passion of the second (he can work up a storm in the further reaches of the G string). The relentless moto perpetuo of the finale was a model of clear-toned spiccato. Ivanov even played an encore, Ysaÿe’s Third Sonata for Solo Violin, performed with élan and a positively alarming virtuosity that had a few jaws dropping in the orchestra, never mind the audience. I suspect we will all be hearing a lot more of Ivanov. - Tim Homfray

30/12/2006 : TOP 10 DE CLAUDE GINGRAS (Ladies' Morning Musical Club)

Deux artistes étrangers ont dominé le début et la fin de l'année : le célèbre pianiste Alfred Brendel à Pro Musica et le jeune violoniste Yossif Ivanov au Ladies Morning Musical Club - Claude Gingras

The Times : 1/09/2006: CD Review 'Sonatas'

….Ivanov impresses with his variety of tone and steely control in the Franck sonata,… Bite and showmanship dominate the two difficult Ysaÿe solo sonatas. Finally, a pleasant contemporary piece with a romantic heart by Rafaël D’Haene. - Geoff Brow

  • Birmingham Post

    "...instinctive musicality which draws such
    elegantly communicative tone..."- Birmingham Post
  • La Libre Belgique

    'A natural prodigy!"
    - La Libre Belgique
  • Diapason

    "Brilliant Playing"
    - Diapason
  • NRC Handelsblad

    "Every note is pure magic with
    Yossif Ivanov" - NRC Handelsblad
  • The Strad

    “A player of impressive authority
    and presence” - The Strad