American Record Guide, March 2018

Violinist Tomas Cotik, born in Buenos Aires, turned 40 last year, and, having left his natal shores, doesn’t seem to have settled down yet. Recently he landed at Portland State University (Oregon, having briefly been a member of the Amernet Quartet at FIU (Miami, and before that of the Delray Quartet (Palm Beach) and the Harrington Quartet (West Texas). He has been recording prolifically in the last few years, with a previous Piazzolla disc, as well as a collection of solo violin pieces, including Telemann, the Bach C-major Sonata, Schubert, and the Piazzolla Tango Etudes, originally for flute. Cotik is a fine violinist and musician, and his career track is rather different from the usual for the USA, with a bachelor’s and masters from Freiburg University in Germany and the DMA from University of Miami. Since Piazzolla did not write specifically for solo violin, all the compositions here are arrangements, mainly by Cotik, either for violin with piano or joined by bass and percussion as well. I can’t claim to be porteño, but the interpretations of this beautiful (though depressive and neurotic) music sound echt to me. Most welcome. T Moore