“A pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers...She gave these pieces nuances that made them meaningful on a human everyday level. The music spoke directly to the listener, with neither obfuscation nor pretense.” Allen Hughes, New York Times
Catherine Kautsky... plays with rhythmic zest combined with meticulous care for performing instructions... and shows both sensitivity and strength in pretty well ideal proportions...Excellent Babar. Bernard Jacobson, Fanfare.
“Kautsky dazzled a Y Music Society Audience.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“Catherine Kautsky’s magnificent piano recital added a page to the history of music in Pittsburgh &,dash; At every moment it was clear that this was major league piano playing; mature, thoughtful, intense, and songful.” Richard Schultz, Pittsburgh Public Radio (WQED-FM)
“Her playing was that of a mature artist &,dash; characterized by an intensely controlled rhythmic excitement...stupendous dynamic range.” Sue Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“It was a careful, arching convincing performance.” [Beethoven,Sonata, Op. 31, No.1] Peter Goodman, Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)
“Catherine Kautsky’s elegant performance of the [Mozart] Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 487, was the focal point of the program...A player with a keen appreciation of musical value...shape and color...admirable clarity, she combined delicacy and diversity with commendable artistry.” K. G. Schuller, St. Louis Globe Democrat
“Catherine Kautsky’s gleaming tone, pointed articulation, free-wheeling momentum and snapped-into place rhythm were just the things for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1....cadenza as vivid and surreal and funny as Toon Town.” Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal
“Pianist Catherine Kautsky made a fine case for the Shostakovitch Piano Concerto No. 1. She inspired a lively interplay between the piano and violins in the first movement, carefully monitored the somber expression of the slow movement, and enlivened the concluding Allegro with lithe fingerwork.” Nancy Raabe, Milwaukee Sentinel
“Kautsky played with great power, solidly secure technique, and a keen sensitivity in lyrical and expressive matters...with a touching sense of dynamic direction and shape.” Jess Anderson, The Isthmus, (Madison, WI)
“Pianist Catherine Kautsky was a helpful and sympathetic partner.” Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post
“Witness...pianist Kautsky’s impassioned fervor” Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Tribune
“deeply engrossed and talented musician” Mary Dumond, Sun City News Sun (Sun City, Ariz.)
“Catherine Kautsky, WCO’s [Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s] internationally known pianist, delivered one of those rare performances; brilliance personified.” Hayward Allen, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)
“Catherine Kautsky made a highly successful debut as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 19... Kautsky...found exactly the right framework for a reading that was strong and lithe...[she] is an imaginative pianist...[and]her technique is substantial &,dash; each note was clearly articulated, passages pearled out smoothly.” Erik Eriksson, Door County Advocate (Door County, WI)
“Kautsky played the concerto [Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C Minor] with power and confidence...fine bravura technique.” K. E. Walstrom, Post-Crescent, Appleton, WI
“Storyteller and classical pianist Catherine Kautsky paints pictures for the mind...unusual, often evocative album.” Lynn Heffley, Parents Choice
“Extraordinary perception and outstanding technique...She brought a sensitivity of touch that met each musical need...Very fine, always utterly apt playing.” Erik Eriksson, Door County Advocate.