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May 07th, 2021 at 1:00 PM

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Articles Published on The Strad, AMT, and AST Journals

On Netflix bestseller 'The Umbrella Academy'

Awarded Two New Grants in 2020

New Album

Over a dozen enthusiastic reviews on some of the most respected magazines such as BBC Music & Gramophone

“If anyone's up to the task, it's Cotik”

TEXTURA

“Tomás Cotik’s deeply analytical playing adds to an exhilarating display of the musical wonders the composer saw in the violin”

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

“Astor Piazzolla y su principal interprete es el violinista argentino Tomas Cotik...la madurez musical se une a esa manera de sentir las propias raíces, que da la experiencia de la lejanía”

REVISTA TEATRO COLON

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

REVISTA RITMO

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“I highly commend Mr. Cotik for his innovative interpretations and I hope many future audiences will  experience his musical excellence”

Gary Burton

“a first-rate set of these of Mozart sonatas”

​THE ARTS MUSIC LOUNGE

“the brilliant musicians’ ability to shift tempos...gracefully wring emotion from heartbreaking ballad tempos or generate fireworks with breakneck riffs...”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

Fanfare Magazine

“It is the result of many years of experience, full attention, research and decision-making....it is a recording of incontestable beauty...an adventure that displays a journey of absolute love for the music of J.S. Bach”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

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

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“it is a fact that the enthusiastic performance of Argentine Tomás Cotik and the way he captures the audience is captivating”

GRAMOFON

“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded”

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Anche nell’interpretazione delle sonate di Mozart si evidenziano l’ottima cavata e la perfetta tecnica di Cotik negli staccati particolarmente brillanti.”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“Cotik proves to here to have conquered an impressive variety of repertoire, already now much wider than what is usual today.”

CONCERTO - DAS MAGAZIN FÜR ALTE MUSIK

“His pure sound, perfect intonation and fast tempos mean that Bach’s fiendishly difficult challenges become more exposed, yet he never misses a beat. The recording….captures the golden glow of his violin… in sound that is honest and clean”

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

“This album...immediately stands out as a recording of excellent quality. Equipped with a refined technique, Cotik interprets  these masterpieces of Bach's genius with a deep sense of style thanks to an attention to phrasing ”

GBOPERA

“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”

INFODAD.COM

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“Cotik plays with a resonant, clear and warm tone, and dynamics, phrasing and tempi are all perfectly judged...a sentiment that is clearly evident in every single track of this exemplary set”

THE WHOLE NOTE

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

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

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

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

FANFARE MAGAZINE

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

Classical Net

“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 extraordinary performance that can stand up against any other”

TEXTURA

“ There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin...a most rewarding Mozart cycle”

Gramophone Magazine

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

Docenotas

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

Fanfare Magazine

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“Cotik sounds consistently brilliant ”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“Argentinean violinist Tomás Cotik... is not just another violinist. He is a passionate musician who always seems to get under the skin of the music he performs”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“Comparisons are inevitable; on my shelves are the Grumiaux- Haskil team, the Stern-Barenboim combination, Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu, and Zukerman and Neikrug readings. The Cotik-Lin duo can take its place among those earlier esteemed ensembles with heads held high.”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“'What a Performance 2020' Award Winner”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“His interpretation of Bach’s sonatas and partitas his newest album in should add a notch to his reputation as a stellar violinist”

NORTHWEST REVERB

“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

“this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”

MusicWeb International

“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

“there is no question but that this is the most exciting rendition of these works I’ve ever hear... this is now my benchmark performance of these works”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp”

Classical Net

“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well  ”

American Record Guide

““Legacy” es, sin dudas, un álbum para emocionarse y escuchar continuamente. Excelencia pura. Imprescindible!”

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

“Warmly and sensitively played with beauty of tone, Cotik... captures the essence of Mozart in finely spun tone and sensitive contrasts in dynamics, rhythmic integrity, and clear phrasing. Their deeply felt rendition of this purest of music, from the carefree early sonatas to the more dramatic later opuses, is a model of transparency and genuine emotion. ”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“short  this is a great recording  if you value warmth and sweetness in Mendelssohn. Here, though, nothing is forced, and, as  I say, the world seems a better place.”

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

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

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“Editor's Picks”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

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

Fanfare Magazine 

“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”

ICMA

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

MusicWeb International

“His amazing technical skill and artistic know-how...create an indelible interpretation of Bach’s music...Cotik’s combines impeccable technique and an intuitive artistry to fashion a mesmerizing interpretation of these pieces.”

AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

“I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern with Daniel Baremboim and Lydia Mordkovitch, but this duo pretty much ticks all the boxes”

MusicWeb International

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“Un disco ideal”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“ejecuta brillantemente la serie completa de sonatas compuestas por Mozart...un compendio musical magistral.....un set imprescindible, adictivo. Un viaje musical casi hipnótico”

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

“Cotik and the orchestra provided impressive advocacy for a multifaceted work that deserves to be heard more often. Cotik seamlessly handled the frequent changes in mood and adroitly traversed the work’s myriad technical challenges while always keeping the focus on the music.”

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW

“one comes away from the recording dazzled by Cotik's musicianship and technique; one is also struck by the agility of his execution, his expert command of tempo and intonation, and his ability to consistently maintain the highest level of performance ”

TEXTURA

“the secret here...always let curiosity be a constant inspiration. If Tomas Cotik ever revisits these works on record it will be fascinating to hear the results, but it's hard to see how they could be better that this”

THE WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“Cotik’s performance is powerful and technically brilliant, the intonation always flawless,... fearless round, and well-balanced”

CONCERTO - DAS MAGAZIN FÜR ALTE MUSIK

“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, but also as creative mind.”

Musical Toronto

“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 scales Bach’s solo mountain with skill. His intricate yet soulful take is assured without ever being showy.”

BBC Magazine

“Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla! A wild and wonderful CD.”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“Supersonic Award winner. Tomas Cotik’s Piazzolla is carnal, passionate and nowhere easy-going. Together with his group he has produced a riveting CD.”

Pizzicato

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

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

Luis Andarcia, VENUE MAGAZINE

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

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

OBSERVER TODAY

“One imagines the Nuevo tango master would be as captivated as any listener by such exquisite performances.”

TEXTURA

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

American Record Guide

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

American Record Guide

“Cotik never indulges in violinistic brilliance at the expense of music, but he sounds consistently brilliant nevertheless.”

Fanfare Magazine

“les interpretacions de Cotik estan plenes de color, posseeixen un virtuosisme elegant i per sobre de tot assoleixen el refinament líric que brolla d’una música que ens atrapa per la seva seducció rítmica i melòdica”

REVISTA MUSICAL CATALANS

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

“We encounter here an extraordinary violinist, with an overwhelming technique and a musicality; the results are excellent, with little or nothing to envy the greatest  interpretations that could have ever been recorded.”

RITMO MAGAZINE

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

South Florida Classical Review

“The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin brought to their superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas”

Gramophone Magazine

“absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“bemerkenswert, kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen...auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”

PIZZICATO

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del admirable violinista”

REVISTA SCHERZO