“My only connection with the audience is applause and silence…. It is when I hear the first applause that I am able to sense how many are sitting around me, how enthusiastic they are, whether they like me or not.
The first reaction of the audience is crucial to me. Without this I remain isolated together with the composer. I think it is the utmost dream of all performers to get the ideas, written notes across to people true to sheet music. And when the applause gets stronger, I take wing. Interestingly enough then I tend to think of the composer, whether they can hear me out there, if they are satisfied with me, and I believe in this.
And when there is such silence that one could hear a pin drop, a miracle happens. In this event I feel that the encounter has happened: I brought music and audience together. And when I am prompted that there is a standing ovation then I can feel that it was worth passing the message of written notes on as I could prove that it is possible to live without Mozart and his companions but it is not worth it.”
Tamás touches piano keys with much more sensitivity than those who can see. I believe that in his play, there is such sensitivity which is naturally not possible to reach for us. I dare say that this ability could be measured by Chopin’s standards.
Zoltán Kocsis – Parlando (2010)
In our opinion, not only is Tamas a virtuoso equipped with exceptional talent, but he is also an unprecedentedly sensitive artist, who is capable of deeply and impeccably grasping the intentions of composers representing any musical era or style. I sincerely believe that Tamas Erdi has earned a long-term position in the front line of piano artists in the world.
Antoni Grudziński – Musicologist, President of Fryderyk Chopin Assotiation, Warsaw (2009)