"Hommage à Debussy", Salzburg, August 2010
"[...] Debussy's Images by Olivier Gardon, [...] a musical high point!"
Karl Winkler – DREHPUNKTKULTUR
"Here's a pianist who paradoxically but undeniably combines poetic playing and fingers of steel."
Clarendon – LE FIGARO
"It is sheer pleasure listening to him play. There are no spectacular effects, just a beautiful sound palette, inspiration, and lyricism combined with virtuosity, supple playing, subtlety and musicality to produce a harmonious, coherent, logical and amazingly well-structured whole, an accomplishment serving Prokofiev's beautiful but demanding Concerto N°3."
J.V.L. – LE COURRIER DE GAND
"Mr. Gardon's playing gave particular pleasure because it was full-bodied, clear, clean and refreshingly unsentimental."
R. Ericson – NEW YORK TIMES
"Olivier Gardon, a great pianist."
D. Aronowicz – LE JOURNAL D'ISRAËL
"Olivier Gardon revives the art of piano playing in France!"
Claude Samuel – LE POINT
"Olivier Gardon or The Triumph of Music…
All useless effects have been banned and replaced with soulfulness. The technical challenges are perfectly mastered so that listeners may focus on the essence of the musical message."
Philippe Depetris – NICE MATIN
"His playing is supported by technical and musical mastery, power and rhythm and demonstrates his command of the sound palette, from purely technical movements to restrained poetic lyricism to dramatic pianistic gestures."
"He ranks among those great pianists who remain regrettably discreet."
X. Lacavalerie – TELERAMA
" ... Olivier Gardon's noble and intense style..."
"His playing was admirably masterful be it in terms of form, emotion or virtuosity. The nuance of his music perfectly conveyed his emotions. In short, he gave a beautiful rendition of Grieg's Concerto. The wonderful pianist, Olivier Gardon, and the excellent conductor, Uri Segal, made for a superb concert."
"Olivier Gardon's touch is beautiful, his playing is crystal-clear and he fully masters the art of using all the "colours" of the piano."
LA VOIX DU NORD
"Olivier Gardon gave us a convincing rendition of Prokofiev's sonata N°7, and was heartily applauded by Sviatoslav Richter himself... Olivier Gardon's evocative rhythm and colourful tones certainly carry over to the audience."
Alfred Hoffman – CONTEMPORANUL BUCAREST
"Astonishing debut and clearly Olivier Gardon, who has a style all his own, can be counted among the elite."
LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH
Marguerite Long Grand Prize 1973
"The Marguerite Long competition featuring the exceptionally gifted Olivier Gardon ..."
"Throughout the competition, Olivier GARDON demonstrated his strong stage presence, his torrential sensitiveness, his ability to work the keyboard like a sculptor giving shape to living material... A highly colourful artist."
J. Thuilleux – LE FIGARO
Queen Elisabeth Competition 1975
"Olivier Gardon made a wonderful impression with his elegance, ease, refined touch, (...) and his style. (...) He can be counted among the few candidates who don't mistake effusiveness for expressiveness."
J. Stehman – LE SOIR
Journée FRANZ LISZT Festival RADIO-FRANCE Montpellier
"Olivier Gardon's style is confident, sincere and sensitive."
J. Longchampt – LE MONDE
"No objections to the technical feats performed by Olivier Gardon, in superb form, ..."
R. Tellard – LA CROIX
"... the excellent Olivier Gardon..."
J. Drillon – LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR
Prague Spring Festival
"The Prague Chamber Orchestra played Mozart's last concerto with a remarkable soloist, the young but already famous French pianist Olivier Gardon. What a wonderful second movement!"
Concert in Singapore
"Olivier Gardon, a world-class pianist..."
Concert in Cannes with the Orchestre PACA
"Olivier Gardon, a magnificent pianist, the torch-bearer of the French school from Paris to Tokyo, from Nice to Salzburg, provided a superb opening to the concert with Mozart's poetic, bold and sublime Concerto N°22. He gave a thoroughly convincing rendition of Ravel's concerto by highlighting all the work's facets, hidden emotion and cascades of devilish arpeggios."
Aurore Busser – NICE MATIN
Concert in Salzburg (About Prokofiev's Concerto N°3)
"Olivier Gardon showed such powerful dynamism that he managed to revive the provocative nature that originally characterised the Concerto."
Concert in Montevideo
"Olivier Gardon took a transcendental approach to Schumann's Concerto, with his clear yet subdued touch, his great musicality and his full technical and stylistic mastery of the work. Olivier Gardon gave an ideal rendition."