"I for one... left the concert with a new understanding of the pieces played and a sense that one had just witnessed a singular event. The usual descriptions: extremely powerful technique, clear phrasing, balanced voicing within the chords, infectious communication, etc - yes, they all apply here without question, but the really interesting point was the transcendence above these paltry descriptions achieved by a musician who is bristling with highly original ideas."
— David Braid,
Music and Vision Daily
"Goltz speaks with his own voice, and an impressive voice it is... How astonishing that music of this quality should remain unknown for so long... [Podobedov's] Chopin is beautifully proportioned, rubato is sensitively handled, and the four selections come up fresh and distinguished when compared with the scads of recording available... all will wish there were more from this outstanding pianist."
— Alan Becker,
American Record Guide
"The performances by the hugely gifted Russian pianist Sergei Podobedov are full of fire and conviction and are also wonderfully sensitive to the shifting moods of [Goltz's] wonderfully mercurial music. In short, they would seem to be everything that world premiere recordings need to be."
— Jim Svejda,
Classical KUSC Los Angeles
"I know Sergei Podobedov as a magnificent pianist who possesses outstanding virtuosic skills combined with true musicality and a refined sense of style."
— Gennady Rozhdestvensky,
"Mr. Podobedov rendered one of the most memorable piano performances in the history of the symphony here. This pianist's comprehension of the musical substance which he is performing is extraordinary, thorough, and extensive; and he has all the technical capacity and musicianship to render his convictions with enormous success."
— David Andre,
"With maximum enthusiasm, I laud Sergei Podobedov's exhilarating pianism. Possessor of a nonpareil technique...he communicates the iridescent colors of the classical and romantic literature with keen perception of stylistic nuances."
— Robert Stevenson,
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
"Then, the Prokofiev: I do not remember to have it ever heard better, or even as well played."
— Alexander Jenner,
"Mr. Podobedov's appearance with the Russian Chamber Orchestra last Sunday was an extraordinary event for our audience. His performance [of Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings] prompted remarks... about the beauty and dynamism and power of his artistry."
San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra Society
"He played the Prokofiev Piano Concerto with great power and musical drive...a very important musical career."
— Raymond Harvey,
"Highlights included the astonishing Russian virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov whose breathtaking readings of both Prokofiev and Chopin had the audience enthralled."
— Jeremy D Rowe,