The uncommon talent of this young pianist is beyond all doubt.”

— Neue Kronen-Zeitung, Vienna

A colossal performance, impeccably played, with instances of delicate lyricism.”

— La Nacion, Buenos Aires

ALL-BACH RECITAL (DEBUT, 1985): Praiseworthy was the crystal clarity which he gave to the works - a verve that Bach himself would have undoubtedly appreciated.”

— The Chicago Tribune

Headline: TALENT TO SPARE He is a performer of mature expression and approaches each work with versatility - with renewed vision.”

— El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile

Preludes by Debussy found in Watkins a versatile interpreter with ethereal and delicate touches of color.”

— Die Welt, Frankfurt

Scott Watkins has the ideal sound for this piece (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV 453) which is so much in the spirit of chamber music. His musicality gave the Andante a very poetic fluidity and the initial Allegro a limpid unity of structure. His most colorful pieces were the final variations, where he allowed the sharpness of his creativity to shine. He has a genuine, measured grace not frequently found in musicians from the United States.”

— El Pais, Montevideo, Uruguay

... a commanding performance ... Watkins deserves a great deal of credit for the new life he breathed into Tchaikovsky's much-performed work (Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Opus 23). Opting for high drama over the syrupy sentimentality with which Tchaikovsky is too often played, his interpretation was fresh, forceful and exciting.”

— The Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, Florida

Watkins impressed us with technical mastery and impeccable execution ... knows how to use the slightest resource to give us a set of pure, clear, perfect creations ... always seeks to penetrate the depths of the music.”

— La Hora, Quito, Ecuador

Headline: SCOTT WATKINS' ARTISTRY PREVAILS AT THE OPERA HOUSE Watkins' driving rhythms generated an electric atmosphere which kept the spectators enthralled right up to the very end.”

— El Siglo, Caracas, Venezuela

The audience was enraptured by an exciting performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. Watkins played with a great deal of confidence, displaying dexterity and sensitivity. The melancholy first movement was played with an underlying lyricism. The second movement's hauntingly holy sound was intriguing ... the third movement was bright and lively, bringing the work to a soaring finale.”

— The Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, Florida

... forcefully dramatic, yet expressively melodic ... His control of the tonal qualities of the instrument was outstanding as he played the sharply accented sounds and often somewhat odd and surprising Debussy Preludes, Book II.”

— The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio