FRI, MAR 15, 2019, 7:30 PM
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson
Portland, OR 97201
SUN, MAR 17, 2019, 3:00 PM
Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
The Three Bs
Tomás Cotik, violin
The PCSO welcomes Portland violinist Tomás Cotik for a performance of the beautiful and elegant Violin Concerto of Beethoven. The orchestra is featured in thrilling and exciting works of Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten.
Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal
Britten: Variations On a Theme of Purcell
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as “an excellent violinist,” Tomas Cotik is internationally recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and professor. A much sought-after recording artist, Dr. Cotik is currently involved in more than fourteen CD recordings for Naxos and Centaur Records, which have received over a hundred reviews and the highest praises from some of the best-known publications. Committed to passing on his passion for music, Dr. Cotik taught at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and West Texas A&M University. He was appointed assistant professor of violin at Portland State University in 2016.
Gramophone magazine: "The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik brought to (the) superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas. There are so many delightful details to savour [sic] that one hardly knows where to begin...a most rewarding Mozart cycle."
MusicWeb International: "Recordings of the Year. 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 Pinchas Zukerman's readings 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 [sic] not better.”