Cotik Lin DUO


Through a shared passion, devotion and commitment to collaborative music-making, the Cotik/Lin duo was formed in Miami in 2010. Since then the fast raising duo has received the highest praise from some of the best known publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, Downbeat, and MusicWeb International. Their debut album, a first volume of the complete works of Franz Schubert for violin and piano, was released in 2012 on Centaur Records and received numerous rave reviews in the international press, including one in Fanfare Magazine that compared their CD favorably with the classic recording by Rachmaninoff and Kreisler. This recording was also nominated as “Recording of the Year” 2013 by MusicWeb International and was broadcast all over the country by American Public Media. In 2013, NAXOS released the duo’s album "Tango Nuevo" with music by Astor Piazzolla for violin and piano described by different critics as "among the very best" Piazzolla albums, “by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recordings,” as well as “exceptional... Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but probably not better” (Downbeat Magazine). On June 2015 the Duo released to critical acclaim the second installment of their Schubert recording project. On the strength of the success of these recordings, TnT has received a long-term recording contract with Centaur Records to record all 17 Sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart. They will tour extensively throughout the US in the upcoming seasons as the only Duo selected by Live on Stage.




 

“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

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

REVISTA RITMO

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

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

Gary Burton

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

REVISTA SCHERZO

“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

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

“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

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

CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY

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

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“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 BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

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

American Record Guide

“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

“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

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

MusicWeb International

“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

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

MusicWeb International

“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”

ICMA

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

TEXTURA

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

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

Fanfare Magazine

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

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

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

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

Classical Net

“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

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

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

PIZZICATO

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine 

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“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

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

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

“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

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

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“an extraordinary performance that can stand up against any other”

TEXTURA

“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

“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

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Editor's Picks”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

Luis Andarcia, VENUE 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

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

Docenotas

“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

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“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

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

American Record Guide

“Un disco ideal”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

Classical Net

“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

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

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

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

American Record Guide

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

TEXTURA

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

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

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

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

INFODAD.COM

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

South Florida Classical Review

“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

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

​THE ARTS MUSIC LOUNGE

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

Gramophone Magazine

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

Musical Toronto

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

Cotik Lin DUO

Sample Programs

Mozart Complete Sonatas

We are presenting the complete cycle of Sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart in three concerts:


Kurfürstin Sonatas

Sonata in G major, op. I, KV 301 (293a) 

Sonata in E flat major, op. I, KV 302 (293b) 

Sonata in C major, op. I, KV 303 (293c) 

Sonata in e minor, op. I, KV 304 (300c) 

Sonata in A major, op. I, KV 305 (293d)

Sonata in D major, op. I, KV 306 (300l) 


Aurnhammer Sonatas

Sonata in C major, op. II, KV 296 

Sonata in F major, op. II, KV 376 (374d)

Sonata in F major, op. II, KV 377 (374e)

Sonata in B flat major, op. II, KV 378 (317d)

Sonata in G major, op. II, KV 379 (373a) 

Sonata in E flat major, op. II, KV 380 (374f) 


Later Viennese Sonatas

Sonata in B flat major, KV 454

Sonata in E flat major, KV 481

Sonata in A major, KV 526

Sonata in F major, KV 547 

 

Varied program I

J. S. Bach: Sonata in E minor, BWV 1023

F. Schubert: Rondo Brilliant in B minor, D. 895

C. Saint-Saens: Intr. & Rondo Capr., Op. 28

F. Poulenc: Sonata for Vln. and Pno., Op. 119

A. Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

Varied program II

L.V. Beethoven: Sonata N.9, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

F. Schubert: Rondo Brilliant in B minor, D. 895

A. Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

All-Piazzolla

La muerte del ángel (arr. Cotik)

Histoire du Tango (arr. Varelas)

     I.  Bordel 1900

     II. Café 1930

     III. Night-club 1960

     IV.  Concert d'aujourd'hui 

Melodía en La menor (arr. Cotik)

Tango en La menor (Tanguano)

Milonga sin palabras

Fuga y misterio (arr. Cotik)

Ave María (Tanti anni prima)

Yo soy María (arr. Cotik)

Oblivion (arr. Cotik)

Aire de la zamba niña (arr. Cotik)

Le Grand Tango  (arr. Gubaidulina)

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

     I. Verano Porteño

     II. Otoño Porteño

     III. Primavera Porteña

     VI. Invierno Porteño

Escualo

Revirado

Fracanapa

Milonga del Angel

Adios Nonino

Libertango (arr. Cotik)


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Complete Schubert

We are presenting the complete cycle of music for violin and piano by Schubert in two concerts:


Sonata in D major, D.384 (Op. posth. 137/1)

Sonata in A minor, D.385 (Op. posth. 137/2)

Sonata in G minor, D. 408 (Op. posth. 137/3)


Duo Sonata in A, D 574

Rondo Brilliant in B minor, D. 895

Fantasy in C, D 934


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FURTHER REPERTOIRE

FURTHER REPERTOIRE INCLUDES A WIDE VARIETY OF SONATAS AND OTHER WORKS BY BACH, BEETHOVEN,  SCHUMANN, MENDELSSOHN, BRAHMS, DVORÁK, BRUCH, SAINT-SAËNS, DEBUSSY, RAVEL, POULENC, MESSIAEN, AND PROKOFIEV AS WELL AS WORKS BY LIVING COMPOSERS.  


CONCERTS CAN INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION THAT PROVIDES THE AUDIENCE WITH A VIVID CONTEXT FOR THE MUSICAL PIECES OF THE PROGRAM.

Light program

Tartini: Variations on a Theme by Corelli 

F. Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D. 895

A. Dvořák: Romance, Op.11

F. Smetana: From The Native Country

J. Brahms: Hungarian Dances N.1 and N.3

S. Saens: Intr. & Rondo Capriccioso

F. Chopin Nocturne Op.27 N. 1

J. Williams: Schindlers’s List

F. Kreisler: Liebesleid & Schoen Roesmarin

F. Vecsey: Valse Triste

G. Dinicu: Hora Staccato.

M. Ravel:Tzigane

M. De Falla: Danse Espagnole

P. Sarasate: Romanza andaluza Op.22, No.1

A. Chatschaturjan: Sabre Dance 

G. Gershwin: Three Preludes, arr. J. Heifetz

A. Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango & Libertango