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Mozart’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Violinist, Tomas Cotik and pianist, Tao Lin perform Mozart’s three last sonatas.  On the strength of the success of the their latest recordings, the duo has received a long-term recording contract with Centaur Records to record all 16 sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart. Click here to watch a video about this project!
 
Following a national search, the School of Music at Portland State University has selected renowned violinist Tomas Cotik to join its outstanding faculty as an Assistant Professor of Violin. This is his last concert in Miami before moving


Program:

Mozart, Violin Sonata in F major, K. 547 

Mozart, Violin Sonata in A major, K. 526

Mozart, Violin Sonata in E-flat major, K. 481
 

Ticket prize: 25$
Date: August 27th, 2016
Starting time: 7:30 pm

 

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL: "Recordings Of The Year 2013. My first chamber choice for the year... I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern and Daniel Barenboim on Sony Classics and Lydia Mordkovitch and Gerhard Oppitz on Chandos, but this duo on Centaur pretty much ticks all the boxes”     

FANFARE MAGAZINE: "Cotik never indulges in violinistic brilliance at the expense of music, but he sounds consistently brilliant nevertheless…for those open to so thoughtful a violinist as Cotik, these readings should stand beside on the shelf. Strongly recommended” “Cotik and Lin make Kreisler seem almost smarmy...Isabelle Faust almost mannered...and Julia Fischer...as though she's filed down the detail”                      

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE: "Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else."      

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

 

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 16 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.


TOMÁS COTIK (www.tomascotik.com) was the First Prize Winner of the National Broadcast Music Competition in Argentina, and the winner of the Government of Canada Award. He was educated in Germany and Canada and has worked under the guidance of notable artists including Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, Ana Chumachenko, Heinz Holliger, Leon Fleisher and the leaders of Vienna, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland and San Francisco Symphonies. A former rotating concertmaster of the New World Symphony, Tomas Cotik earned a doctorate of music from the University of Miami. He was on the faculty at the University of Miami and Florida International University until recently being appointed assistant professor of violin at Portland State University.

An avid recording artist, Dr. Cotik is currently involved in more than fourteen  CD recordings. He has performed with several internationally prominent conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado, Yakov Kreizberg, Marin Alsop, Stephan Deneve, Roger Norrington and Robert Spano at important venues including Carnegie Hall. Tomas Cotik has performed hundreds of recitals and chamber music concerts across the globe and is a former member of the acclaimed Amernet, Delray and Harrington String Quartets. He has worked closely with astists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Franklin Cohen and members of the Cleveland, Miami, Pro Arte, Vogler, Vermeer, Tokyo and Endellion String Quartets.

Shanghai native and Florida resident TAO LIN (www.taolin.net) has been a prize-winner at the Palm Beach International Invitational Competition, the International Piano e-Competition, the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. He has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, National Gallery, 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller University, Chautauqua Institute, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), and Norway’s Edvard Grieg Museum

Mr. Lin has collaborated with the St. Petersburg, Miami and Bergonzi Quartets, as well as distinguished colleagues Elmar Oliveira, Roberto Diaz and Eugenia Zukerman. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Lin can be heard on the Naxos, Artek, Centaur, Romeo, Poinciana, and Piano Lovers labels.

Richard Gowers is the Senior Organ Scholar at King’s College Cambridge where he accompanies the world-renowned choir, including the Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service broadcast to millions worldwide. Richard begins his US tour in South Florida, performing at Trinity Cathedral in Miami on Sunday, September 4th at 6:00PM. His program includes the virtuosic Toccata by Patrick Gowers (his grandfather) and Jupiter from Holst's Planets, played in a duet arrangement with Matthew Steynor, Director of Music at Trinity Cathedral. 

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