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March 15th, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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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. Pre orders:

“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

“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

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

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

South Florida Classical Review

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

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

Fanfare Magazine 

“outstanding from the very beginning”

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

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

American Record Guide

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“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

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


“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“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

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“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

“uplifting quality”

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.”


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

Fanfare Magazine

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“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

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


“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“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

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

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

Fanfare Magazine

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


“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

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“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.”


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


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


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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“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

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

MusicWeb International

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


“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”


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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper