Reviews

 

Classical Net

"…Those acquiring this disc of the challenging 24 Paganini Caprices can be fully satisfied both in matters of technique and interpretation… Augustyn plays the set with finesse and confidence, conveying a sense these pieces are actually not a great challenge to her formidable technical skills…" 

– Niccolo Paganini 24 Caprices, Op.1, Robert Cummings, Classical Net, 2016


Fanfare Magazine

"…beyond amazing (…). Kinga Augustyn is one hell of a violinist. Her technique is tested to the breaking point in the virtuosic pieces, and she emerges unscathed. But also put to the test is her versatility in adapting to the wide range of music and styles presented, and again, she meets the challenge magnificently. Hallmarks of her playing are razor-sharp execution, even in the most taxing technical passages, and a tone of silvery purity high up on the E string, and of full-bodied mocha richness on the G string. That leaves a lot of notes in between, but they’re all produced with equal and even resonance."

– Polish Violin Music, Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine, 2013


The Strad Magazine

"…Kinga Augustyn treats both mazurkas with charm and a certain coquettishness, relishing the melodic twists and turns and extrovert technical displays. In the Introduction and Cracovienne and the Andante-Polonaise she keeps a light touch in the energetic fast sections, dancing and laced with virtuosic flourishes.  There is plenty of character to his Romance, and to Zygmunt Noskowski’s Chanson ancienne (…).  She plays Gorecki’s Sonatina in one movement with driving intensity, before opening out into the more spacious Variazioni, in a performance embracing beautifully shaped, pensive melodic lines and darker, biting playing (…).  She shows great sensitivity in miniatures by Paderewski and Lutoslawski before returning to the 19th century for the unashamed virtuosity of Lipinski’s Two Impromptus played with verve and superb control."

– Polish Violin Music, Tim Homfray, The Strad Magazine, 2013


Magdeburger Volkstimme

"We were regaled with a very interesting and memorable presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade (…). Ms. Augustyn’s flawless technique brought out Bernstein’s special violinistic effects with flair, while allowing the inspiring and moving melodies to speak for themselves. Her rich sound, unblemished double stops, and technical mastery of all difficulties were rewarded by warm ovations accompanied by clamorous 'bravos'."

– L. Bernstein Serenade with Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Francesco Corti, Magdeburger Theater, Ulrike Loehr, Magdeburger Volksstimme, 2008


New York Concert Review 

"…Music of Ysaye, Lutoslawski, and Szymanowski proved that Ms. Augustyn is an adventurous programmer valuable to New York’s concert scenes (…). Her playing was riveting and stylistically and emotionally varied (…). her impassioned performances and especially her devotion to new music make her a violinist to watch."

– New York Debut Recital, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Anthony Aibel, NY Concert Review, 2008