“Grieg's Concerto requires perfectly slender fingers and great sonic power. Dana Nigrim has all of that, plus great musicality.”
“Dana Nigrim is an accomplished technician and a musician capable of real poetic feeling.”
The Ottawa Citizen
“Succeeding in “playing Chopin” does not only require a technique; perhaps more than for the interpretation of any other composer, the pianist must somehow give priority to emotion, leaving the technique under the keyboard, a bit like the fertilizer hidden in the soil of a magnificent layout landscaped. The pianists who move by playing Chopin are those who seem to breathe it in while playing it. The soloist invited by the OSTR on Saturday November 13, 2010 rendered with dignity this skin-deep sensitivity, this emotion both discreet and lively which distinguishes a mechanical interpretation from one which touches the senses more. The technical challenge inherent in the formula of the concerto was brilliantly taken up by the pianist of Romanian origin, particularly during the third movement's finale, where the frantic race of the fingers on the keyboard gives the impression of a fire artifice of notes.”
Ms. Nigrim is an excellent pianist who plays with authority and confidence and who exhibits tremendous facility, sense of style, musicality and temperament. Her solo playing is outstanding, and her vocal accompanying and sight-reading skills are remarkable. Because of her sophisticated European cultural background, her knowledge of languages and personal fascination with vocal repertoire, she has proved to be not only a fabulous accompanist but also a very fine vocal coach.
Dana Nigrim is an extremely talented and artistically superior pianist. She not only possesses a vast knowledge of both operatic and art song repertoire, but also of style and of many languages. Her experience as a solo pianist is extremely advantageous when it comes to working as a collaborative pianist. She possesses the qualities and sensitivities of a soloist in her numerous and varying collaborations with singers. Dana is an exceptional sight-reader, and her facility with the wide-ranging styles of the vocal repertoire is second to none.
Given her demonstrated musicality as a performer, accompanists and voice coach, Ms. Nigrim would bring to any commercial recording project a broad range of talents. She combines a demure physical presence with obvious artistic talent inherited from her musical tradition, her classical training in Romania and France, and her broad range of musical activities in Montreal. In a commercial world where the production of financially successful classical recordings is a rarity, she appears to have that rare combination of talent which any executive producer would welcome.
Dana Nigrim has a solid piano technique coupled with a deep musical sense. She shows great sensitivity and an ability to adapt to the different musical styles she approaches. Her great versatility has led her to perform on the international scene as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, and I have seen several times that she excels in all these functions.
Dana Nigrim is a musician of rare quality who has each time demonstrated exceptional talent and energy, an extraordinary capacity for work, unparalleled professionalism and a very high level of 'Excellency. As experienced as a concert soloist as well as a vocal master, her flair and experience make her a valuable asset for the musical community and the general public.
I sang professionally for 30 years and can tell you that I have rarely met pianists of this level. In Covent Garden, Robert Keyes had this talent and this gift. She knows how to replace an orchestra.