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
"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..."
"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