"Here is a performer of real individuality, with perhaps the most impressive sound at the keyboard.."
"I enjoyed listening to them (piano solo
and recorded compositions). Your music is very creative.
Please continue to create. The world is in need of musical creations that can inspire others.
You have all my best wishes."
"He's a very major talent and I think he'll go places. He has a very strong charisma on the stage".
"Mehmet Okonsar has the "feu sacr�. He is the type of the authentic artist."
"Mehmet Okonsar is the revelation of the Competition. (..) Virtuosity and musicality went hand in hand."
"A very communicative, great temperament."
"Cher Mehmet tu es un vrai artiste bravo et merci"
..."The program itself, that you have recorded was most impressive and the bravoura playing as well as the poetic interpretations were really of the highest order..."
"I was very positively impressed with your playing. I think you have many important qualities for attracting your listeners."
"He is a thoroughly trained professional pianist with a fine technique and very interesting and highly individual ideas."
"... Mr. Okonsar's performances during five rounds of the [1991 Gina Bachauer International Piano] competition were very distinguished and met with extremely fine critical praise from the members of the jury, the press and the audience..."
"...Mehmet Okonsar's Liszt was a wonderful performance...."
[review about the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition]
(Mrs. Yasuko Fukuda, of blessed memory)
"... Ce jeune pianist poss�de un talent hors pair... C'est probablement l'artiste de la Turquie le plus dou�..."
"Mehmet Okonsar poete du piano (..) toutes ces oeuvres (,Gershwin, Faur�,Mozart, Liszt) �tincellent sous la nettet� des traits (..) il conjugait en lui ces vertus difficiles et peu ordinaires: la probit� intellectuelle et musicale, l'�l�gance du cour, la recherche patiente et sinc�re du travail bien accompli et fignol�."
"In molti occasioni ho
avuto la possibilita di apprezziare le non comuni
doti musicali ed interpretative di M.O. (..) ho dotato di una notevole
sensibilita musicale, ed e in possesso di una tecnica sciolta e