"Sarah is one of the most brilliantly gifted young American violinists of her generation and one of the most communicative and inspired string players I have come across."

Ilya Kaler, concert violinist


"She has a most persuasive and individual tone which she uses with great intelligence."

Joseph Silverstein, concert violinist and conductor


"Sarah Kapustin is a remarkable combination of violinist master and ideal chamber music colleague, and she is capable of transforming the music she is involved in into a deeply committed performance for the listener."

Robert Mann, violinist, violist, composer and conductor


As soloist/recitalist:


"Thoroughly captivating performance."

Classical Voice Review, Pasadena CA 

"A performer with robust energy, muscular athleticism, and with admirable musicality. She is, without a doubt, poised to assume a place as a concert artist."
"A violin recital of great excitement and amazing skill that brings an audience to its collective feet."

Herald Tribune, Bloomington , IN

"Kapustin proved to be a noble interpreter of the challenging violin concerto by Brahms. Her fine lyrical sound, her free realization of transitions in the music as well as her passionate, powerful shaping of structure gave her interpretation an artistic individuality and identity. The tenderness and honest attitude...stood out and were convincing towards the audience." 

Ostthueringer Zeitung, Germany

 

About solo CD Point Counter Point:


"How deep can you go as a musician to reach the stage where you are experiencing every note to the fullest? Sarah shows us: very deep. For the listener it begins with flawless articulation and impeccable intonation. That is the essential basis, which leaves us open to experience the expressivity of the music. Then come the real exclamation points, where such an impressive story is told so convincingly that the listener is mesmerized. That is what happens here, in a grandiose lesson in musical rhetoric."

- Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

"Make sure the house is quiet and empty your head. Then listen to the rich world of melodies present on Sarah Kapustin's first solo CD. The American [former] first violinist of the Rubens Quartet surprises us with the 'refined combination of flavors in gourmet cuisine' in music....throughout the intricate polyphonic writing, she makes the violin sing intensely." 

- Hans Visser, Dutch music journalist

"Kapustin is an artist blessed with savvy, guts and shining intonation. She pays deep respect to the composers’ detailed directions while maintaining great freedom of expression. It is this combination of care and abandon that succeeds in creating a solo debut where polyphony reaches a state of rhetorical radiance."

- Heather Kurzbauer, www.violinist.com

About the Beethoven recordings:

 

"There are a lot of famous recordings, but this one is extremely convincing because of the homogenous, chamber music approach of these excellent musicians. That is what makes this recording stand out from many others". 

Review from www.codaex.de

 "If strong tone and personality, coupled with insight, integrity, and a sense of exploration, characterized the older masters like Szigeti, Francescatti, and even Heifetz, who played and recorded these sonatas..., those same qualities define Kapustin and Koekkoek’s approach. Those seeking a modern set in which these characteristics, along with vibrant energy, predominate should find them in ample measure in Et’Cetera’s..."

Fanfare Magazine


As chamber musician:


"They all played together with an intimacy that requires their truly listening to each other, and with the restrained passion that gives the music of this era its power."

Times Argus, VT (Marlboro Music Festival)

"First violinist Sarah Kapustin was refreshingly no-nonsense and direct in her approach, focusing more on the music than her playing"
 
Boston Globe, about the Marlboro Music Festival
 
"...focusing like a laser on the purity and clarity of the notes, setting flamboyance aside and letting the music speak for itself...Kapustin approached it with respect and savvy....haunting, fragile and confident all at once."
 
Anchorage Daily News, about a performance of Mozart's K. 421 quartet