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. The Duo Cotik/Lin is represented by Lisa Sapinkopf Artist Management.




 

Next Concerts

October 13th, 2017 at 8 PM

Worldwide release

March 25th, 2018 at 4 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church, 11 SW 11th Street, Ft. Lauderdale 33315

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

South Florida Classical Review

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

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

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

Luis Andarcia, VENUE 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

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

Musical Toronto

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

American Record Guide

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

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

Fanfare Magazine 

“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

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

American Record Guide

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

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

INFODAD.COM

“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

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“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

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

Classical Net

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

MusicWeb International

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

PIZZICATO

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

Docenotas

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

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

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

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

Fanfare Magazine

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

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

American Record Guide

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare 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

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“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’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

“Cotik makes Kreisler seem almost smarmy, Isabelle Faust almost mannered, and Julia Fischer as 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

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

FANFARE MAGAZINE

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

REVISTA RITMO

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

MusicWeb International

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

OBSERVER TODAY

“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

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

REVISTA SCHERZO

“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

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

Gary Burton

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

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

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

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