Joanne Talbot

HI-FI NEWS & RECORD REVIEW UK / July 1998 Precocity and musical talent are not without cost. How often we read about musically gifted children sent to study and then give concerts across the world. So it was with Idil Biret. Her outstanding gifts earned her a scholarship from the Turkish government to study in…

Bill Newman

Classics UK June 1992 ARTIST PROFILE Thinking through the keys Turkish pianist Idil Biret is one of the most respected artists on the super-budget Naxos label. Bill Newman talks to her about her early recollections, her training, her recordings and her aspirations.

Jeremy Siepmann

PIANO Magazine UK (Cover Feature) March 1998 IDIL BIRET THE COMPLEAT BRAHMSIAN From Paris with Love The Turkish virtuoso Idil Biret, long resident in France, has recently recorded the complete piano works of Brahms for Naxos. A labour of love, certainly, but as Jeremy Siepmann discovered, it’s only one of many.

Jeremy Nicholas

Classic CD July 1993 THE BEST CHOPIN EVER? Idil Biret isn’t a household name. That could soon change. Her complete set of Chopin’s piano music on Naxos isn’t just an amazing bargain at £5 a disc – it’s also world-class. Any complete set of Chopin’s works on CD is important. With world-class playing it’s remarkable.…

Singapore Festival

July 2004 Q. You started playing the piano at three years old and studied in Paris as a child with some of the world’s great pianists. How did this happen? In what ways did your mentors A. Cortot, W. Kempff and N. Boulanger inspire you? How were they different from one another?

International Piano

Interview 20 Int Piano August 2003 Idil Biret Marguerite Long called her ‘La petite muse’. Wilhelm Kempff called her ‘my dearest pupil’ and ‘my little colleague’. More recently, Gramophone has hailed her as ‘one of the finest exponents of Chopin’s concertos in the world today’ while the Boston Globe declared, ‘She is a decisive and…

Rebecca Frank, BBC Music Magazine

Interview with Idil Biret Rebecca Frank, BBC Music Magazine http://www.bbcmusicmagazine.com/feature/meet-artists/idil-biret After recording all Beethoven’s piano works over the past two decades, the Turkish pianist discusses the challenges posed by his music You started your Beethoven series in the 1980s with Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies. Why did you start with these rather than the sonatas?…

Bill Newman interviews Idil Biret, AKOB Magazine supplement / May 2012

Idil Biret All Involving-All Embracing! I first heard her in live recital during a Winter Season from the 1990s. While reviewing her Naxos recordings of Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninov in CD Review magazine, I set up an interview which proved very successful and she informed me that she was about to perform at Brighton College.…