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We're starting off with our board colleague Dr. Tomás Cotik, who has received tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor at Portland State University--congratulations, Tomás! His new article titled "Recording Strategies for Auditions," intended for All-State recorded auditions, was published last week on the NAfME website and in NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine in April. Dr. Cotik's recent articles with resources for learning all the All-State violin audition excerpts can also be found on NAfME using this link.

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Congratulations to Tomás Cotik!

Centaur Records recently released his recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo on a 2-CD set, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the composition. You can watch some videos on YouTube or listen the album on Spotify by clicking here.  The Strad Magazine published a 10-article series on his interpretation of Bach's music. Click here to check those out! Physicals discs are available at: https://www.tomascotik.com/shop

Reviews

 

TEXTURA
"If anyone's up to the task, it's Cotik…an extraordinary performance that can stand up against any other…effortless….jaw-dropping…shaking your head in disbelief...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."



GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE
"Tomás Cotik’s deeply analytical playing adds to an exhilarating display of the musical

wonders the composer saw in the violin…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. 

 

RITMO MAGAZINE"EXCELLENT - 5 STARS.

"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." 

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

"It is the result of many years of experience, full attention, research and decision-making....it is a recording of incontestable beauty...an adventure that displays a journey of absolute love for the music of J.S. Bach."

THE WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE

"…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."

 

PLANET HUGHILL"A new account of Bach's great solo violin works treads a thoughtful way through the various interpretative possibilities.  The result is a very clean, direct and very lean sound, often quite intense, with a strong linear quality. This gives an expressive... feel to his playing... and overall he brings a sense of the movements' architecture, keeping the music flowing..."  

 

GBOPERA"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" 

 

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE"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... 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."