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Image of CD of Mozart Violin Sonatas Tomas Cotik shares his experience of recording Mozart’s violin sonatas, in conversation with music director John Pitman

Tomas Cotik explores Mozart

Violinist Tomas Cotik, Assistant Violin Professor at Portland State University, is also an internationally-renowned concert and recording artist.  He has done extensive study of fellow Argentine Astor Piazzolla, in several acclaimed recordings (Naxos); a complete series of Schubert’s violin works (Centaur); and now the violin sonatas of Mozart.

Mr. Cotik has been a guest in All Classical Portland’s studios on a number of occasions, including live performances on Thursdays at Three, and he’s a welcome and familiar face here at the radio station.  In my chat with Tomas (click on player, above), we talk about his process of acquiring just the right edition of the score, to exploring Mozart’s development from the composer’s visit to Paris (1778, age 22), to his final years in Vienna.  These violin sonatas reflect his audience’s tastes (in Paris, Mannheim and Vienna), and his own stylistic growth and maturity.  Mr. Cotik, along with longtime piano partner Tao Lin, carry us through Mozart’s life in these works with great sensitivity, verve and expression.

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