"Chausson's Piano Trio was superbly and intensely played here, with Ms. Zhulla and Mr. Canellakis finding welcome depth of tone, and Mr. Barnatan deploying well his wonderfully light touch."
- The New York Times
"The highlight of the night was Mozart’s Violin Sonata in e minor. Howsmon and Zhulla poignantly rendered the bare opening statement of the first theme, setting a mood of solemn pathos. The heartbroken melody of the second movement was wrenching, decorated by the most distinctive feature of Zhulla’s playing: her wonderful vibrato."
"[Zhulla's] performance was an insouciant romp through Ravel’s version of the blues. The first movement again showcased Zhulla’s singing vibrato. The swanky second movement could easily fail in the hands of a shy performer, but Zhulla had the requisite panache to pull it off, bending phrases with a sly musical grin. And her technique shone while she imitated wind-up toys in the third movement."
"Zhulla's touching Salut d'Amour, Op. 12 gave immediacy to Elgar's expressive love poem taking it above sentiment to enduring vows. With La Capriceuse, Op. 17, Zhulla's bow danced over the strings with humor and grace building momentum with bold and flirty rhythmic perception."
- NUVO Newspaper
"Impressively luminous and grand, Areta Zhulla's sound offered a rich variety of nuances... her interpretation was molded with clarity, rare emotional sensitivity, and internal articulation."
- The Daily Newspaper of Athens
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