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THE STRAD & WASHINGTON POST REVIEWS

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SUCCEEDS

4 NEW ALBUMS RELEASED IN 2015

Mendelssohn with J Dunham

New Album

With violist James Dunham, from the Cleveland Quartet. Grammy Award-winning producer, B. Alspaugh, and sound ingeneer, J. Newton.

“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.”

INFODAD.COM

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

Docenotas

“urgently recommended”

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

“This is an excellent recital. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. ”

American Record Guide

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

South Florida Classical Review

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

“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

“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”

INFODAD.COM

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

MusicWeb International

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

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

Fanfare Magazine 

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

OBSERVER TODAY

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

REVISTA SCHERZO

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

Fanfare Magazine

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

“Cotik and Lin phrase this music with such feeling, making you wonder if it could possibly sound better in any other performance.”

Classical Net

“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik and Lin must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp on Schubert's quirky and wide-ranging style. Highly recommended!”

Classical Net

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

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“un disco la cui qualità riesce a proporre la freschezza affascinante della cultura musicale germanica come nuova, come se le tre piccole Sonate non si fossero mai ascoltate prima.”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

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

Luis Andarcia, VENUE MAGAZINE

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“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

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

“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

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

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

PIZZICATO

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“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

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

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

“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

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

American Record Guide

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

REVISTA RITMO

“perfectly conceived”

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

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances. I can’t help imagining Telemann himself smiling with delight...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well  ”

American Record Guide

“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

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

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

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

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“true treasure...one of the latest gems to emerge from the season”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

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

CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine