Press and Reviews
"Over the years of attending the festival, I have found that there is always some unanticipated discovery. This year it was a performance by Alana Youssefian...The Oberlin graduate...launched herself into the piece with an abandon that was utterly convincing."
- EARLY MUSIC AMERICA
"Violinist Alana Youssefian (MM ’18) had a starring role with the group Voices of Music in a completely outrageous and over-the-top Vivaldi concerto, delivered with tremendous panache and impeccable virtuosity"
- ROBERT MEALY, JUILLIARD JOURNAL
"Alana Youssefian, her counterpart on violin, handled Bach’s moving variations with incredible poise; her sensitive dynamics and plangent emotional involvement yielded to dramatic fireworks as the work neared its close. Youssefian impressed in Monteverdi’s “Et è pur dunque vero,” with her own impressively ornamented answers to Padgett’s furious tirades against his spurning lover. "
- THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Handel's Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 6, revealed the broader sweep of this composer's art, heightened by violinist Alana Youssefian's wildfire improvisations, so startling that one induced a smile of admiration from a fellow soloist."
- NEW ZEALAND HERALD
"Alana Youssefian in particular stood out in the virtuosic fourth movement Allegro. Her smooth handling of the tricky passagework brought something of a Vivaldi Four Seasons vibe and her strong sense of phrasing in slower music was equally impressive."
"...Alana Youssefian proved that she plays, performs and has the fingers to be a violin star. The Vivaldi concerto, celebrating a great Indian Moghul, was the showpiece incarnate, and Ms Youssefian showed it all...Swaying, dancing, charming salutations to the violin section, she was a pyrotechnical giantess..."
"Alana is an magnetic performer. Her exuberance was evident and it truly filled the room. Her execution was absolutely fantastic and during many of the particularly virtuosic phrases she looked out to the audience with a confidence that was undeniable. There were many moments during the performance that I noticed my jaw was agape and my eyes were wide...Alana’s performance of this piece was markedly more spirited than most of the recorded versions I listened to. Her intensity made some of those other versions seem tame in comparison."
- S.E. HERSHMAN