“ There are pianists whom one can admire for their technical accomplishments, for dexterity, for musicality: Ciobanu goes one step further and forces his listener to rethink the way that a piece of music is engraved in his mind... he has a very distinctive touch, clear, pointed, precise and that allows him to paint with a sharp relief.. his control of a tonal palette was consummate, magisterial, striking! “
Roman Markowicz , Carnegie Hall Review October 2018
“Ciobanu’s blinding technique alone made this an exciting experience, and his power, smooth and quick fingering, and precise delicacy supported deeply musical and expressive playing... he clearly loves the sound of a piano—striking chords, playing fast figures, and pedalling as a way to relish the ring and glow coming off the strings..few pianists can make a Steinway sound as good as Ciobanu did Thursday night”
George Grella, New York Classical Review , Carnegie Hall Debut
"A full and luminous sound, immense pianistic poise, sensibility, an originality without overwhelming ego."
Alain Lompech , BNDES Rio de Janeiro Piano Competition Review
"Only one word can adequately describe this performance...Sensational ! Particularly exciting was the sense of devilry that permeated the faster variations, in which the notes glittered and dazzled like showers of diamonds. "
Michael Traub (The Citizen Gauteng) UNISA Competition Final Round Review
"A name to be shouted from the rooftops... a young man whose staggering virtuoso credentials easily match those of the young Horowitz, Cziffra and Rosenthal... this guy goes the extra quarter mile.... an easy confidence, corruscating brilliance and gay (in the old sense of the word) abandon with ear, heart and mind in perfect alliance ... unforgettable."
John Humphreys, Chairman Dudley International Piano Competition
"Le Roumain Petrica Daniel Ciobanu, 23 ans, l’extraterrestre de la bande (tenue de rockeur, chignon sur le sommet du crâne) est surtout un inspiré, un coloriste, un inventeur captivant ... "
Martine Mergeay "LibreBelgique" 2014