"A Liszt of Very Fine
- The Budapest Sun
"There was much to admire: The
crashing octave runs were all right on the mark. Not a note was smudged in
the pages of intricate passagework, and her conception had all the
requisite sweep, power, and warm sonority."
- The New York Times
"Her playing was marvelous!
As close to perfect as I hope to hear."
- The Jerusalem Post
"The audience left with a feeling
of ecstasy, so spiritually powerful was her performance."
- Ongako No Tomo, Tokyo
- Soviet Woman, Moscow
"A true virtuoso, she held the
audience spellbound with her astonishing playing and visionary stage
- Der Landboten, Zurich
"An enormous talent"
- The London Times
The mesmerizing performances by TERESA WALTERS on today's international concert stages inspire unanimous praise.
Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano”, she is described by Austrian National Television as
"that rare musical phenomenon" and "one of the world's most significant
pianists." Her prestigious invitations to perform in honor of the 2011 Liszt Bicentennial included Copenhagen’s Hungarian Embassy and Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall.
Her biography could be written from the headlines alone:
"Teresa Walters Plays Piano on Grand Scale" (The Cincinnati
Inquirer); "Her Hands Create Cascades of Luminescence"
(The Washington Post); "A Liszt of Very Fine Performances"
(The Budapest Sun); "Concert Extraordinaire"
(Bucharest Stagiunea); "Bright Shining Star in Recital"
(El Norte, Mexico); "Teresa Walters Holds Keys to Audience's
Hearts" (The Record).
In recent years, she has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 United States at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow's Great Hall, Australia's International Conservatorium and Jerusalam's Concert Hall. With her vast repertoire, she has also performed at Vienna's Beethoven Festival and at Spanish Music festivals in Barcelona and Madrid. Her recent Lincoln Center recital in New York earned a standing ovation from a capacity crowd. She is the first American pianist invited by Hungary to present the Anniversary Concert in honor of Liszt's birthday. Prestigious invitations to perform at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Liszt Museum in Budapest as well as at Liszt's Birthplace in Raiding and at Esterhazy Palace under the patronage of Prince Anton Esterhazy attest to her growing reputation as one of the finest interpreters of Liszt performing and recording today. In fact, the
American Record Guide has announced: "Her competition is virtually
Teresa Walters is noted for her commitment to music as the ultimate universal language, and for her vision of music as ministry. She is equally at home in the world's major concert halls or in campus and community settings, where her
Comments"© endear her to audiences. In addition to maintaining an extensive international touring schedule, she is recording a series of releases for Archangelus Records featuring the sacred piano works of Liszt. The first two albums of the Abbé Liszt Series have been nominated for the
Grand Prix du Disque of the Hungarian Liszt Society.
Becoming known worldwide as “The International First Lady of
Piano”, Teresa Walters is described by Austrian National Television as
“that rare musical phenomenon – a pianist born to the instrument. One of the world’s most significant pianists, she creates magic with the music.” In honor of the Liszt Bicentennial in 2011, Copenhagen’s Hungarian Embassy presented her in a gala recital as does Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall. In recent seasons,
she has performed on six continents and in most of the 50 United States, earning the world's highest praise for her solo recitals and performances as guest artist with orchestras. Her recent engagements in Russia as orchestral soloist received 5 curtain calls. A reviewer wrote: "Teresa Walters's playing proved to me and to the audience that she deserves to be in the top tier of piano soloists in the world."
Her Lincoln Center recital in New York was sold out and won a standing ovation from an adoring public. The
"Teresa Walters's performance was quite literally sovereign. At the last, one was simply blown away." The American Record Guide writes:
"Her competition is virtually nil."
Her biography could be written from headlines alone: "Teresa Walters Plays Piano on Grand Scale"
(The Cincinnati Inquirer); "Her Hands Create Cascades of Luminescence"
(The Washington Post); "A Liszt of Very Fine Performances" (The Budapest
Sun); "Concert Extraordinaire" (Bucharest Stagiunea): "Bright Shining Star in Recital
(El Norte, Mexico). Japan's leading music magazine Ongaku No Tomo reported:
"The audience left with a feeling of ecstasy, so spiritually powerful was her performance."
Whether performing for European royalty in Esterhazy Palace or fundraising for chidren's charities in Delhi, Teresa Walters is a musical ambassador at home and abroad. International tours in recent seasons have included Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, Russia, Japan, and Israel where the Jerusalem Post described her artistry as
"Marvelous! As close to perfect as I hope to hear." Other recent highlights include brilliant debuts in Manila and Hong Kong, performances with the Romanian Brasov Philharmonic in celebration of the their 125th Anniversary, a South American debut in Sao Paolo sponsored by Brazil's
Serie International De Concertos in honor of International Women's Day, and an invitation to perform with the Bombay Orchestra at India's new National Center for the Performing Arts. Under sponsorship of the Liszt-Kodaly Society of Spain, she performed the inaugural recital of the
International Liszt Cycle in Zaragoza.
Teresa Walters is the first American pianist invited by Hungary to perform three prestigious European recitals honoring the Anniversary of Franz Liszt's birthday. In addition to recitals at the Liszt Academy of Music and Memorial Museum in Budapest, she performed at Esterhazy Palace in Austria under the patronage of the present governing Prince Anton Esterhazy. Her recital at Liszt's birthplace in Raiding was televised. Her Liszt recordings have received nominations for the
Grand Prix du Disque and are hailed by FANFARE magazine as "a formidable display of technical dexterity and red-blooded power." With the release of her new CD, the
Budapest Sun wrote: "Her fingers give off sparks and she takes the keyboard into orbit."
A familiar face on the world's greatest concert stages, Teresa Walters has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Great Hall of Moscow.
The New York Times writes: "There was much to admire: The crashing octave runs were all right on the mark. Not a note was smudged in the pages of intricate passagework and her conception had all the requisite sweep, power and warm sonority."
New York Concert Review reports: "Her transcendental performance magically transforms the keyboard. She has a huge, rolling sound and makes music like an eagle surveying the landscape."
Teresa Walters earned her Doctorate from Peabody Conservatory and was awarded an international fellowship for a year of study abroad at the Paris Conservatoire. She and her husband live in the New York City area. They share their home with two kittens - a Maine Coon (Maxine) adopted from the animal shelter and an American Bobtail named Cocopuff Chanel. Max and Coco eagerly await her homecoming from every concert tour.
Teresa Walters is very comfortable speaking to her
audiences. She developed her KEYNOTE COMMENTS®
several years ago in response to the need to more fully share her
music in certain settings. In appropriate college, community, and
lecture settings, Teresa shares enlightening information about the music
before performing various selections on the recital program. Her
comments are insightful and often entertaining.
Teresa's KEYNOTE COMMENTS ® have
become quite popular with all kinds of audiences, from the musically
sophisticated to those audiences hearing the music for the first time.
Naturally, Teresa Walters also performs frequently in traditional formal
recital settings in which she allows the music to speak for itself.
For international presenters desiring her KEYNOTE COMMENTS ®
recitals, Teresa speaks French and German in
addition to English, and utilizes an interpreter for other languages.
Even when she utilizes an interpreter, however, for every international KEYNOTE COMMENTS®
recital, Teresa invariably learns a few words and phrases
in the language of the country in which she is performing.