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Recording sessions at the Hit Factory

May 20th, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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Signs with CENTAUR to record 4 MOZART CDs

14/15 Season Highlights

NAXOS Piazzolla CD acclaimed by the critics


New Album

Official release: March 10, 2015! World premiere recording of pieces by Franz Schubert.

“un violinista excelente... que recoge una forma rigurosa, natural y fuera de lo común de entender, acercarse e interpretar la música”


“there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording ”

MusicWeb International

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded...So what are you waiting for?”

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“If you love the solo violin, you won't find a better recording to suit your tastes”


“Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik and Lin.”


“true of the latest gems to emerge from the season”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern and Daniel Barenboim on Sony Classics and Lydia Mordkovitch and Gerhard Oppitz on Chandos, but this duo on Centaur pretty much ticks all the boxes”

MusicWeb International

“wonderful album…impressive for the elegance and sensitivity of the interpretations”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“The technical qualities of the recording - which is on the NAXOS label, by the way - are excellent.”

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“My first chamber choice for the year.  This Schubert duo album is a beautiful musical collaboration between violinist Tomas Cotik and pianist Tao Lin and one which I returned to multiple times throughout the year given its charm.  ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“I find the Cotik and Lin performances most interesting and the sound on their disc is excellent”

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

“I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity…, and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person.”

Gary Burton

“I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke”


“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“should leave listeners almost breathless…a vibrancy and attention to detail...strong individuality and… vitality”

Fanfare Magazine

“this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it.”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter — his virtuosic flame burns brightly as well as lightly, while not neglecting the quiet joys of glowing embers in more reflective passages — but also as creative mind.”

Musical Toronto

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”


“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“As an appointed expert on the music of the Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla, I have a steady trickle of new releases to review, this one among the very best.”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“They play Piazzolla’s music with great ability and insight, I highly commend Mr. Cotik and Mr. Lin for their innovative interpretations of contemporary tango, and I hope many future audiences will have the chance to experience their musical excellence.”

Gary Burton

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin form a very fine duo, and with new recording projects including work for Naxos this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”

MusicWeb International

“Cotik and Lin make Kreisler seem almost smarmy...Isabelle Faust almost mannered...and Julia though she's filed down the detail”

Fanfare Magazine

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“clarity and tonal opulence rare in recordings of violin music”

Fanfare Magazine

“violinist Tomas Cotik is always up for a new challenge”

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“his technical command of the instrument absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility. As he bends notes and slides around to create the mood of the music”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista”


“intelligent and sensitive...glories in...colorations and shared emphasis”

Fanfare Magazine 

“a musician who prepares thoroughly and has great respect for the music he performs”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.”


“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”


“bemerkenswertes Soloalbum.... kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen.... auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”


“recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings”

South Florida Classical Review

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”


“Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.”


“excellent violin playing...extremely enjoyable interpretations of music that I love”

American Record Guide

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before....Cotik handles it beautifully, with tremendous clarity of line and evenness of tone...delicious ....highly idiomatically, with understanding that approaches the intuitive...outright virtuosity”


“una nueva forma de mirar, entender y percibir la música de diferentes épocas”


“Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla...dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran...algo genial.”


“in terms of how the Bach and Telemann works sound, this choice makes a great deal of aural sense – and is intriguing as well. None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”


“Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente”


“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del violinista, admirablemente diestro de sonoridad y arco.”