Bach: Sonatas and Partitas
MOZART 16 SONATAS
Piazzolla: Legacy
Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo
SOLO
Mendelssohn Quintets
Schubert Duos
Schubert Sonatinas
DSQ Quartet live
Kenneth Fuchs
Glazunov & Franck
Danielpour: Quartets
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas

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“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

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

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

Docenotas

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine

“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, 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”

INFODAD.COM

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

Luis Andarcia, VENUE MAGAZINE

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare 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

“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”

ICMA

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

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

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

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

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

South Florida Classical Review

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

OBSERVER TODAY

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

MusicWeb International

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

INFODAD.COM

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

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

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

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

​THE ARTS MUSIC LOUNGE

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

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

PIZZICATO

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

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

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

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

American Record Guide

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy and character”

The Strad

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

Classical Net

“perfectly conceived”

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

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

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

American Record Guide

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“Editor's Picks”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“Un disco ideal”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

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

Fanfare Magazine 

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

MusicWeb International

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“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

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

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

American Record Guide

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“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

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

Gary Burton

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

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

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

Gramophone Magazine

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

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

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

REVISTA RITMO

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“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

“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

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

REVISTA SCHERZO

“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

“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

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

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

“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

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

TEXTURA

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

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

Classical Net

Reviews

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE, Jan. 2020

'What a Performance 2020' Winner

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...Cotik plays here with a modern violin but a Baroque bow, which he finds gives him better control and flexibility in this music... there is no question but that this is the most exciting rendition of these works I’ve ever heard. Indeed, as the performance continued—about the time I reached the “Tempo de Borea” of the first partita—I had to stop playing the critic and simply marvel at this man’s energy and commitment to the music. His passion is infectious.


By playing this music with such rhythmic acuity and emotional directness, Cotik has also managed to make us hear the connections between each movement, which in turn pulls the movements together to form a cohesive musical whole... this is now my benchmark performance of these works. You’ve simply got to get them!


Lynn René Bayley


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The Strad, Jan. 2020

How I interpret Bach: This week Tomas Cotik focuses on the context of the composition of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, the title ‘Sei Solo’ and Editions.


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The Strad, Jan. 2020

How I interpret Bach: This week Tomas Cotik focuses on Treatises Sources, Numerology and the Doctrine of Affections.


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GBOPERA, Jan. 2020

CD REVIEW


Quest’incisione, realizzata dal violinista Tomás Cotik per l’etichetta Centaur, si impone immediatamente come un’edizione di ottima qualità. Dotato di una tecnica raffinata, Cotik affronta questi capolavori del genio di Bach con profondo senso dello stile grazie ad un’attenzione al fraseggio realizzato secondo i principi peculiari del Barocco e con una visione del ritmo, non metronomica, ma tesa ad accentuare i suoni di maggiore importanza per lo sviluppo del discorso sui quali l’artista indugia sempre con finezza. La sua raffinata tecnica consente a Cotik, inoltre, di metter in evidenza le strutture polifoniche delle fughe, nelle quali il soggetto e il controsoggetto, in situazioni di doppie corde, sono sempre ben delineati, mentre la sua espressiva cavata regala momenti di intenso lirismo negli Adagi della prima e della terza sonata e nel Grave.


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GBOPERA, Jan. 2020

Interview for FBOPERA


Vincitore del primo primo al National Broadcast Competition nel 1997 e del Government of Canada Award dal 2003 al 2005, Tomás Cotik ha all’attivo una notevole produzione discografica, consistente in più di una quindicina di Cd pubblicati da importanti etichette come Gramophone, American Record Guide, Fafare, Scherzo, Downbeat e Music Web. Il suo vasto repertorio va da Schubert a Mozart, da Piazzolla a Bach del quale ha inciso recentemente per l’etichetta Centaur le Sonate e partite per violino solo. Oggi lo abbiamo incontrato per questa intervista.


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The Strad, DEC. 2019

How I interpret Bach. Tomás Cotik on the Pieces in Context, The Title and Editions


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The Strad, DEC. 2019

How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on Ornaments, Trills and Appoggiaturas.


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The Strad, DEC. 2019

How I interpret Bach: Tomas Cotik on Tempo Rubato, Strong and Weak Measures and Notes Inégales


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The Strad, Dec. 2020

How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on Overdotting and Rhythmic Assimilation


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The Strad, Nov. 2019

How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on strings, intonation and vibrato


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The Strad, Nov. 2019

Ahead of his 2020 album release of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, the violinist presents a new blog series, in which he discusses the contradictions between the opposing trends and traditions in Bach interpretation, and his personal solutions to them


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