"The Times"
Friday January 12, 1996
"Young Russians Unite"

"Yana Polyanovskaya and Irina Feoktistova, both graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, have been playing as a piano duo for ten years, and it shows. Not only is the ensemble perfect, but they have completely mastered the art of tightening and relaxing rhythms in unison, as well as instinctively setting foreground detail against background accompaniment, swapping roles imperceptibly as the music demands.

All this was evident in Rachmaninov's Suite N2, a warm, effusive performance, utterly Romantic. So uncanny was the precision of ensemble, effected with a minimum of gestures, that ne empathised with the shadow of frustration that flickered across Polyanovskaya's face at the one chord in the recital that was not quite together. A similar mastery was demonstrated in Valery Borovikov's transcription of Schnittke's "Gogol Suite", where the irony was at once entertaining and unsettling. Geoffrey Pool's "The Impersonal Touch", reciving its world premiere, offered multiple opportunities for sophisticated interaction between instruments. The Russians emerged triumphant."



"The Review"
Sunday 14, January 1996

"The Rark Lane Group concerts are all about performance. The artists approach them as if making their debuts in the capital, which many of them are, and the atmosphere is tense. The week's stars were the Russian two-piano duet, Yana Polyanovskaya and Irina Feoktistova ....They were nervous but brilliant."



"Independent"
17 January, 1996 Young Artist Series, Park Lane Group, Purcell Room, London

"The two primly dressed young ladies, late of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, may not look like the Labeques, but in style and technique these two pianists are as hot as two nuclear rods....."



"The Daily Telegraph"
Saturday, January 13, 1996

"...Rachmaninov's Suite N2 for two pianos... formed the climax to the recital given by the Russian duo Yana Polyanovskaya and Irina Feoktistova. Although only 25 this year, they have been performing together for nearly 10 years, and it showed in a stunning display of pianism and unanimity of purpose..."



"Petersburg" musical
July 1997

On July 17th The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Flaanders (conductor Mr. Robert Groslot) gave the concert in The Saint Petersburg State Capella. The program featured Gershwin "Cuban Overture", Ravel "Daphnis and Chloe", Shostakovich 2nd Piano Concerto and Stravinsky "Rite of Spring". Quite a repertoire for the young professionals, which, it seems, they tackled without any difficulties...   Very strong impression was left by the inspirational playing of our compatriot, young talented pianist Irina Feoktistova who performed Shostakovich 2nd Piano Concerto...