Violin and Piano
The violin and piano repertoire has been a primary focus for Tomas Cotik, and his recordings have consistently received high praise from renowned publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, Downbeat, and MusicWeb International.
In 2012, Cotik released the first volume of the complete works of Franz Schubert for violin and piano, in collaboration with pianist Tao Lin, on Centaur Records. The album garnered widespread acclaim from the international press, with Fanfare Magazine even favorably comparing it to the classic recording by Rachmaninoff and Kreisler. The album’s excellence led to its nomination as “Recording of the Year” in 2013 by MusicWeb International and nationwide broadcast coverage through American Public Media.
In 2013, NAXOS released “Tango Nuevo,” an album featuring music by Astor Piazzolla for violin and piano. Critics hailed it as one of the finest Piazzolla albums, with reviewers describing it as “Naxos’s best Piazzolla recordings” and recognizing its exceptional and unmatched performance. Downbeat Magazine specifically praised the album, noting that while Piazzolla’s music can be interpreted differently, it would be difficult to find a better rendition.
Continuing his recording journey, Cotik released the second installment of the Schubert recording project on Centaur Records in 2015, followed by the complete set of 16 Sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart and a second all-Piazzolla Naxos album in 2018. These subsequent recordings were met with critical acclaim.