"[an] excellent pianist"
"Magical." - on Mr. Varga’s performance of Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17
"Varga won over the Hartford audience... and they greeted him with a standing ovation"
"Explosive . . . [He is] the greatest young Romanian pianist. . . . [He] astonished the audience."
"[Michael Hersch]’s insanely difficult ten part piano concerto . . . gave the Romanian pianist Matei Varga, who lives in New York, the opportunity to deliver a brilliant, highly emotional and virtuosic performance that fascinated the audience for forty minutes."
"[T]he meaning of his music was ear-boggling, for he is a fearless performer. . . . dazzling assurance . . . incredible octave passages . . . magical . . . luminous. . . . Like a metaphor of Mr. Varga’s picture of Central Europe, tragic, soulful, ebullient, offering life and death as a touching ensemble."
"…Varga’s playing is consistently sensitive, flowing, and resonant, which suits these particular pieces very well… he clearly has an affinity to these specific works and has thought them through very well before committing them to disc. It is, in a word, selfless playing, in which he is giving us the music and not his personality, and I for one find that refreshing." - on the George Enescu album (Naxos 2010)
"Varga tears into the sinew of this music with greater bite and forcefulness" - on the George Enescu album (Naxos 2010)
"This is more than a musical partnership; it’s two lives that depend on each other, and it’s an absolutely thrilling, breathtaking marvel to behold. Varga is so fantastic, and so is Buruiana, that they both deserve top billing." - on the Brahms Cello Sonatas album (Coviello Classics, 2012)
"Matei Varga shone in Schumann’s highly expressive Fantasy and Mihai Maniceanu’s explosive novelty."
"[H]is every phrase conveyed intelligence and a burning sense of musical mission. . . . Mr. Varga played with consummate care and fidelity without ever sounding fussy or pedantic . . . listeners were rapt, utterly motionless and silent. . . . there was clearly an exceptional mind at work."
"Laura Metcalf and Matei Varga make for superb company. Their partnership is utterly natural, as one would expect from performers who have collaborated for over a decade." - on the album First Day (Sono Luminus, 2016)