Piazzolla Pizazz
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In the year of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s death, Argentinean-born violinist Tomás Cotik and Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin follow their critically acclaimed Tango Nuevo [8.573166] with more of Piazzolla’s richest and most exciting compositions. These fresh adaptations for mostly two or three musicians preserve and celebrate the Nuevo tango master’s legacy. ‘I think that lovers of tango music will definitely want this fascinating disc’, wrote Fanfare of Tango Nuevo.

Tomás Cotik
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Tomás CotikTao Lin
Tomás Cotik
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   About Tomás Cotik

“I truly enjoy playing this music, which is what motivated me to distil Piazzolla’s works for this instrumentation. Much of this music was played in different arrangements throughout Piazzolla’s life, and I hope that these adaptions will preserve and celebrate his life’s work. My friend and wonderful pianist Tao Lin and I had a lot of fun collaborating with our guest musicians for some of the tracks, adding two percussionists, a double bass, and a narrator. Co-producing this album gave me the chance to be fully involved at all levels with the artistic result. I hope audiences will enjoy this as much as I did!” – Tomás Cotik

Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as ‘an excellent violinist’, Tomás Cotik was a first-prize winner at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, and the winner of the Government of Canada Award for 2003–05. An avid recording artist, Cotik is currently involved in more than 14 recordings, which have received high praise from some of the best-known publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, DownBeat and MusicWeb International.

Tao Lin
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   About Tao Lin

Chinese-American concert pianist and Steinway Artist Tao Lin has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe and is renowned for his keen musical intelligence and an opulent, romantic tone. A devoted chamber musician, Lin has performed throughout the United States as a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet (with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio) and the Brahms Piano Quartet (with the St Petersburg String Quartet), among others.