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Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo

About this recording

I was born and grew up in Buenos Aires. My early interest, as well as the main focus of my career, has been on classical music, the Viennese classics, in particular. People around the world associate the Tango with Argentina, but when I was growing up, the traditional Tango was not exactly fashionable or “cool” for people my age, and perhaps classical music wasn’t either. I would mostly hear Tango in the background. It was present on TV and on the radio. I remember listening to it, played by busking bandoneon players on the subway stations of the “D” line, or on an AM radio program coming from a pocket radio from the person who was in charge of pressing the numbers of an old-fashioned elevator in a sports club. I also heard it sometimes on one programme or another that many people skipped while flipping through channels on their black and white TVs.

When I left Argentina as an eighteen-year-old, I remember taking with me one cassette of Carlos Gardel. This music, like the mate and the dulce the leche, seems more Argentinean once you are living abroad. I started becoming more interested in Piazzollaʼs music with the passing of the years, when I was living abroad in Germany. My main focus remained classical music, but a few years later I wrote a thesis about Piazzollaʼs music at the University of Freiburg. I had already played some of his music, acquired many of his albums, and wanted to read as much as possible about him and his music. Later, when I was living in Toronto, I unsuccessfully tried to learn how to dance Tango from a Pakistani teacher for about six months. Next came Miami, then Texas and Miami again, where I live nowadays. As a member of the New World Symphony, a string quartet, and as a faculty member in the middle of Texas and then at the University of Miami, I kept dabbling in the Nuevo Tango, including playing Piazzolla pieces in recitals and quartet concerts, fostering collaboration with dancers, and organizing big Piazzolla concerts...

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Astor Piazzolla

The word "tango" is supposedly African in origin and was used as a synonym for the parties of African slaves in South America and Cuba. The characteristic rhythm of the Tango can be found in Africa-rooted songs and dances throughout South America. Tango emerged in the last part of the nineteenth century on the shores of the Río de la Plata. It was the music of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, the capitals of Argentina and Uruguay, places shaped by a vast European immigration. Tango was the result of a mixture of cultures and nationalities. The most direct influences were the Habanera, Tango Andaluz, the Milonga, and the Candombe. Perhaps not surprisingly, Piazzollaʼs own story, the sum of an improbable mix of places, people, experiences, and sounds, mirrors that of Tango.

Astor Piazzolla (11th March, 1921 – 4th July, 1992) was not born in Buenos Aires but in Mar del Plata, a resort town on the coast of Argentina. His family moved to New York when he was four years old, settling in Greenwich Village, not the fanciest neighborhood of Manhattan at that time. Young Astor grew up surrounded by other immigrants including Jewish, Italian and Irish families, and years later, he would talk of an atmosphere of danger and violence that forever tinged his music. His father gave him his first bandoneon when he was eight years old but, at the time, Piazzolla was uninterested in Tango music, which was a nostalgic presence every evening at home. But to please his father, he started to learn to play the instrument...

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La muerte del ángel was composed as incidental music for the three-act play El tango del ángel (1962) by Alberto Rodríguez Muñoz. Heard at the end of the play, this piece starts with a tango fugue in three parts followed by a section depicting the desperate fight between the devil and the angel. La muerte del ángel is one of seven pieces in the play, all paying tribute to a dying angel. Later Piazzolla used this composition in at least two ʻAngelʼ Suites.

Histoire du Tango tells the history of the Tango in four movements, which trace the evolution of the Tango in thirty-year intervals. This version is an arrangement for violin and piano by Dmitriy Varelas of Piazzolla ́s only original work for flute and guitar, the instruments associated with the first flowering of the Tango in Buenos Aires at the turn of the century. Histoire du Tango was composed in 1985 and dedicated to the Belgian flute player, Marc Grauwels, who gave the première of the piece. These are the four movements and descriptions of their particular styles:...


Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo


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“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”


“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

“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

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”


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

South Florida Classical Review

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad



“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”


“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

Classical Net

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


“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”


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


“true of the latest gems to emerge from the season”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“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. ”


“an exemplary presentation of marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Very recently I discovered this marvel ... two extraordinary instrumentalists who, combining their talents, achieve ... something great.  ”


“an excellent violinist ... who picks up a rigorous, natural and unusual way of understanding and interpreting music  ”


“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“ Also in the interpretation of Mozart's sonatas, Cotik's excellent performance and perfect technique stand out in the particularly brilliant articulations  ”


“a new way of looking at, understanding and perceiving music from different eras”


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

Fanfare Magazine

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


“The versions are optimal due to the stylistic understanding of the duo and the instrumental excellence of the admirable violinist.  ”


“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”


“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“'What a Performance 2020' Award Winner”


“brilliantly performs the complete series of sonatas composed by Mozart ... a masterful musical compendium ..... an essential, addictive set. An almost hypnotic musical journey  ”


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

Fanfare Magazine 

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”


“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

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


“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.”


“Cotik…honored not only his professions as musician, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“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.”


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

Fanfare Magazine

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

Classical Net

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


“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

“Cotik has a consistently brilliant violinism and warm, enveloping sound  ”


“Cotik sounds consistently brilliant ”


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

BBC 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 ”


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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“a first-rate set of Mozart sonatas”


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

Fanfare Magazine

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“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”


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


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


“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

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

Gramophone Magazine

“without a doubt, an album to get excited and listen to continuously. Pure excellence. Essential!  ”


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


“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

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


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


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

American Record Guide

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“Cotik’s performances are full of color, possess an elegant virtuosity and above all achieve the lyrical refinement that springs from a music that catches us by its rhythmic and melodic seduction  ”


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


“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 ”


“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.”


“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”


“remarkable, artistic and expressive interpretations ... at a high level and perfectly adapted to the respective styles  ”


“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

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


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


“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“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.”


“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“excellent Piazzollean style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

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

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

“a work of high quality, for the originality of the arrangements and especially because he is an excellent instrumentalist  ”


“Editor's Picks”


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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

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

Gary Burton

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

MusicWeb International

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


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


“a record which quality manages to propose the fascinating freshness of Germanic musical culture as new, as if the music had never been heard before  ”


“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“Astor Piazzolla and its main interpreter is the Argentine violinist Tomas Cotik's ...musical maturity joins that way of feeling one's roots, which gives the experience of remoteness  ”


“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

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


“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“An ideal disc”


“A revealing album of the mastery of the young performers who sign it  ”


“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.”


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


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

MusicWeb International

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

Musical Toronto

Reviews, Nov. 2017

Zwei junge Musiker aus den USA legen mit ‚Legacy‘ ihre zweite Piazzolla-CD vor. Darauf sind sehr bekannte Titel mit weniger bekannten gut gemischt. Im Zentrum stehen die 'Cuatro estaciones porteñas', die Vier Jahreszeiten....  ist zweifellos ein guter Geiger mit einer langen Erfahrung in Kammermusik und Orchesterspiel und hat darüber hinaus über die interpretatorische Aspekte bei Schubert promoviert.

Zusammen mit seinem Duopartner versteht er Piazzolla offensichtlich vor allem als klassischen Komponisten und legt sein Hauptaugenmerk auf die klangliche und technische Sauberkeit im Spiel – Sympathisch ist, dass die Musiker auch Titel mit aufgenommen haben, die weniger bekannt sind ('Escuardo', 'Vardarito', 'Fracanapa'). Dafür ist aber auch das unvermeidliche 'Adiós Nonino' mit dabei. Gerade hier wirkt die zurückgenommene Art der Interpretation aber sympathisch – das Stück ist an sich schon so emotional an der Grenze zur Sentimentalität, dass man da interpretatorisch nicht noch etwas obenauf satteln sollte. Auch die 'Balada para un loco' rührt an, vor allem durch den gesprochenen Text des uruguayischen Poeten Horacio Ferrer, wobei der Sprecher das typische Spanisch eines ‚Che‘ (wie die Argentinier wegen ihres italianisierten Spanisch in Lateinamerika genannt werden) benutzt und damit auf die Emotionen der Musik, die hier eher im Hintergrund agiert, noch eine besondere Farbe draufsetzt.

Elisabeth Deckers


Gary Burton, Jan. 2015

...when I heard about Mr. Cotik’s and Mr. Lin’s recording of Piazzolla works, which is on the Naxos label, I was immediately curious to see their approach to this music. I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity…, and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person.That opportunity came on January 10… I was not disappointed…. Not only did they play Piazzolla’s music with great ability and insight, their announcements describing the individual selections were very informative for the audience... I hope many future audiences will have the chance to experience their musical excellence.

Gary Burton


Miami ART Zine, Jan. 2015

Concert Review - Duo Plays Lively Concert of Tango Music

 Cotik and Lin closely following each other, Cotik’s violin full of confident swagger. He handled the upward glissandi, gliding on a string from one pitch to another, with aplomb.  The uptempos present gritty rhythms and harsh pointed melodies, while the slower songs emphasize melancholy and despair, usually through a lyrical solo voice. Lin’s haunting piano in “Milonga del Angel” supported Cotik, who coaxed the melancholy out of his instrument with nuanced passion. In a surprise move, Cotik and Lin gave voice to another composer who also stitched dissimilar musics together – this time blues, jazz and classical. They performed George Gershwin's Three Preludes(transcribed by Jascha Heifetz), handling the bluesy motif, syncopations and signature rhythms with obvious affection, passing a delightful melody back and forth with Gershwin-like playfulness.

Cotik and Lin seamlessly turned all the corners of the piece and navigated the tempos like seasoned sailors. The joy continued with “Vardarito,” a happy little show tune type and “Escualo,” a delicious little tango, where the violin was racing stop and go against the piano, giving the animated duo a chance to romp. And romp they did. Cotik and Lin received a generous standing-o at the conclusion of the compact, dramatic and unrelenting “Libertango.” Lin was on point with the opening gallop, Cotik picked up the provocative melody, and both understood each other well, as they did all evening, traversing the explosive driving rhythm of this popular concert tango.

Steve Gladstone

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Miami Herald: An Argentine classic: Astor Piazzolla and the evolution of tango

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Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

Juntos, Cotik y Lin consiguen imprimir a la música la pasión y eficacia expresivas propias de su juventud...También debemos destacar los sencillos pero efectivos arreglos para el violín realizados por el propio Cotik...El trabajo desprende calidad, gracias en gran medida al entusiasmo del violinista argentino, cuya generosidad da lugar a un sorprendente equilibrio en todas las páginas. Es fácil, por tanto, bucear en esta música, servida muy en crudo, y despojada de efectismos.

En Tango Nuevo encontramos algunos de los mejores momentos de Piazzolla, que se ve justamente homenajeado; una música cuyo mensaje se pierde extasiado en cada nota, para encontrarse de nuevo en la siguiente; que se muere en cada compás, pero que suena vital y joven, de tan contradictoria.

Carlos Javier López



BBC MAGAZINE, March 2014


The BBC Music team’s current favourites

I’m enjoying exploring the music of Piazzolla, the legendary tango composer, on a disc by Argentinian violinist Tomas Cotik and pianist Tao Lin. It’s fascinating to read Cotik’s insightful liner notes about the well-travelled composer, and then to hear how he interprets the passionate music of his great countryman. 

Niel McKim, Production Editor


Revista Ritmo, Nov. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

Está claro que el tango era el de Carlos Gardel. Pero surgió un músico imaginativo y con un talento especial para decir cosas bonitas en muy poco espacio de tiempo. Se llamaba Astor Piazzola y sin él hoy sería difícilmente comprensible el espíritu tanguero. Con su técnica clásica y so intuición popular, Piazzola fue uno de los primeros exponentes de la música fusión. Su receta era sencilla pero difícil de imitar: las dosis adecuadas de nostalgia, melancolía y encanto, con el recurso al recuerdo de lo ya oído y la elegancia como norma. El éxito de Piazzola ha provocado tantas adaptaciones que resulta ya difícil identificar el original. Tango nuevo se suma a esa tendencia desde la óptica del virtuosismo violinístico. El argentino Tomás Cotik (un violinista clásico que añora sus orígenes bonaerenses) ha realizado un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista. Tiene especial interés escuchar el arreglo de Gubaidulina de Le Grand Tango que Piazzola escribió para Rostropovich. Quizá sobre en el disco algún que otro taconazo efectista pero el resultado es ideal tanto para los fans de Piazzola como para los coleccionistas de discos de miniaturas violinísticas. 

Clara Berea


Classical Net, Oct. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

This recording, and Cotik's long commentary on it, can be particularly recommended, not only for the considerable listening pleasure it offers, but also for the varied and satisfying feast of the different stylistic forms it displays.

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Revista Scherzo, Oct. 3014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

La obra de Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) nació en un medio inmigratorio y cosmopolita, y se ha encaminado, por vía del tango, a la gran ciudadanía del mundo. Una prueba es el presente compacto, donde un violinista argentino, activo en Estados Unidos, se une a un pianista chino, vecino de la Florida norteamericana. En Oblivion colabora un segundo violín, Glen Basham. La selección es buena muestra del mundo piazzolliano, donde el tango moderno de los años cuarenta se sintetiza con los polirritmos y las superposiciones armónicas de Bartók y Stravinski. La amplitud de géneros relacionados también se advierte en el menú: música de escena (La muerte del ángel), ópera (María de Buenos Aires), fondo sonoro para un film de Marco Bellocchio (la milonga Oblivion), suite (Historia del tango), una colaboración con el jazzista Gerry Mulligan (Libertango) y, guinda del postre, una curiosa página que lleva muy alto la parábola tanguera: Le Grand Tango, escrito en 1982 para Rostropovich, quien la olvidó en un cajón, ignorando quién era su autor, hasta exhumarla con admiración y estrenarla en 1990. Aquí se ofrece transcrita nada menos que por Sofía Gubaidulina. Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del violinista, admirablemente diestro de sonoridad y arco.

Blas Matamoro


docenotas, sept. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

Sobre los intérpretes cabe decir que a pesar de su juventud son auténticos maestros conocedores del repertorio del bonaerense. El argentino Tomas Cotik, fuerte intérprete al violin, se ha formado en Argentina, Alemania, Canadá y USA, Así mismo es un gran intérprete de la obra de Shubert y Piazzolla es objeto de sus investigaciones y doctorado musical.

El recital grabado se dio en Gusman Concert Hall de Florida en mayo de 2012 y por suerte recoge fielmente la fuerza y maestría de las composiciones de Piazzola. Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.

Miguel Ángel Pérez Martín

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​Fanfare Magazine, Sept/Oct 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

...edgy, sexy, and raw...Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik and Lin. Many other artists have recorded Piazzolla’s works, but not with violin and piano. The sound on this disc is clear and the performances precise. I think that lovers of tango music will definitely want this fascinating disc. 

Maria Nockin

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​DownBeat Magazine, Sept. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

an exceptional point of view on Piazzolla's broad range of rigorous and detailed as Piazzolla's work is likely to get, but also with free expression. The romance, longing and violence are all here. Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.

Jon Garelick

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Review of Piazzolla, Tango Nuevo CD

Su interpretación es totalmente limpia y alterna con seguridad los pasajes líricos, sosteniendo la brillantez y el ardor interpretativo de Cotik, con auténticos pasajes con ritmos vigorosos.Con este tipo de poetización y fervorosa pasión que el violinista otorga a la música de Piazzolla en este disco, que no abomina del humor cáustico del tango ni tampoco de la expresión apasionada de la plenitud vital, Cotik nos conecta con la sensibilidad romántica del pueblo argentino.

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Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

wonderful...entirely idiomatic....The playing here is in so many ways exemplary....Cotik and Lin show their abundant knowledge of the music of that time in their playing.....A very sensual violin, full of slippery glissandi played to full effect by Mr. Cotik.. ample opportunities for virtuosic expression, which Cotik and the pianist Tao Lin continually exploit.

Gregory Hall



Venue Magazine, Jun. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla, Tango Nuevo, un fascinante trabajo de Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin, dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran transportarnos a una mezcla de comidas entre el New Age, lo clásico y lo popular del tango. Cuidados arreglos y un muy ameno repertorio hacen de este trabajo algo genial. Altamente recomendable, además, escuchar a Piazzolla siempre reconforta el espíritu.

Luis Andarcia

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GBOPERA magazine, Febr. 2014

Review of Piazzolla, Tango Nuevo CD prodotto discografico del duo violino e pianoforte di Tomas Cotik e Tao Lin segue alla perfezione le regoli... presentare un prodotto che sia accattivante e di grande qualità.  Notevole è l’affiatamento del duo: Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente, Tao Lin è infallibile accompagnatore che sempre accondiscende alle nuances del collega, arricchendone l’interpretazione con ottimo gusto di suono e tocco...La Muerte del Angel, scelto come traccia di apertura del CD, che in meno di tre minuti offre un prezioso sunto del prodotto discografico in termini di qualità artistica, originalità degli arrangiamenti ed infine qualità tecnica.

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Radio Interview on Actualidad Radio

Radio Interview about the release of the CD "Tango Nuevo" on February 21st, 2014 on Actualidad Radio 1040 AM. 

A recording of this interview will be posted soon.


TV Interview for Show Business extra Interview for Show Business Extra

The TV Interview for Show Business extra will be airing soon. A YouTube link will be posted here.


Interview for Diario "Las Americas"

Una producción cargada de rabia, magia y pasión es lo que presenta el disco Tango Nuevo, un homenaje al compositor argentino Astor Piazzolla que refleja la fuerza del tango y traspasa las fronteras geográficas del género de la mano de dos virtuosos de la música clásica, el violinista argentino Tomás Cotik y el pianista chinoamericano, Tao Lin.

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MusicWeb International, Jan. 2014

Review of Piazzolla, Tango Nuevo CD

Tomas Cotik's arrangements for violin and piano on the present disc offer a much clearer glimpse of what Piazzolla might have achieved if he had concentrated on art rather than glamour. Buenos Aires-born Cotik, with no little help from pianist Tao Lin and one or two other high-calibre arrangers, turns the class up and the sleaze down.

Cotik even breathes life into the knacker's own Oblivion and Libertango.... there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording, one which probably gives the music connoisseur a good fifty percent of all the Piazzolla he or she needs to know.


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CNN latino - "Vida" with María Alejandra Requena

TV interview

TV Interview about the Piazzolla "Tango Nuevo" album was broadcasted on Dec 30th, 2013.

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The Observer, Jan. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

I like Cotik's recording very much. The Tango Nuevo or "New Tango" is that which includes the influence of jazz, klezmer, and other European and non-Latin qualities. The driving rhythms of tango are present throughout and it can guide a listener's mood from pensive and intense to emotional and excited, with ease. The violin's tone is precise and clean. The interaction with the piano is similar to the intricacy with which the feet of tango dancers often intertwine.

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

 Robert W. Plyer

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Buch, Kultur und Lifestyle - Helgas Musikträume, Jan. 2014

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

Tango Nuevo ist ein anspruchsvolles Album, das jeden Liebhaber der Musik von Piazzolla begeistern wird. Hier findet er alles, was diese einmalige Musik ausmacht, Seelentiefe gepaart mit neuzeitlicher Klassik, Temperament und Rhythmus und immer wieder die Sehnsucht, die den Komponisten nie losgelassen hat.

Peter J. König

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Musical Toronto, Nov. 2013

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

Violinist Tomas Cotik’s passionately personalized view of Astor Piazzolla

Cotik has found potent creative expression that combines roots as well as displacement, while adding something of himself to the final product.

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. Seven of the pieces on the album are Cotik’s own arrangements, written to showcase his phenomenal technique as well as capturing the full rhythmic energy of the music.

Lin is an able, enthusiastic and equally fiery collaborator throughout.

In short, this album is a treat from start to finish — not just for fans of Piazzolla’s music, but for anyone who appreciates the art of playing the violin.

 John Terauds

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David's Review Corner, Nov. 2013

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD

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. It starts out with the advantage of having the brilliant Argentinean violinist, Tomas Cotik, who is also responsible for most of the arrangements. The present performances ooze with the feel of smoochy dance halls of Argentina where the Tango began, and which was to form the basis of everything Piazzolla composed. Is it classical music? Well in the hands of Cotik it most certainly is, 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, you begin to wonder what this duo could do for the great jazz classics, the Chinese-American pianist, Tao Lin, an ideal and outgoing partner…this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

​David Denton