and local Reviews
Kotok gave us an evening of a caliber unrivalled in
recent years...breathtaking precision and lightness...
glittering virtuosity... infinite beauty
extremely difficult to criticise. 'It was superb!'
is simply all one needs to say."
Bad Oeynhausen WB
"Displayed formidable strength of finger, arm
The Times, Wigmore Hall
"OUTSTANDING RECITAL ON THE SOUTH BANK
[In Rachmaninov's Second Sonata] lyricism and dynamism combined
to thrilling effect and crowned an excellent recital with
"... held her audience spellbound."
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
"Kotok has virtuosity sufficient to sustain her
musical ideas. But she relies on musicianship, the idea
behind the notes, rather than mere pianistic facility. ...
refreshing committed playing."
The Washington Post, Kennedy Center
"The audience overwhelmed the pianist repeatedly,
with enthusiastic applause, shouts of 'Bravo' and standing
[while she] filled the hall effortlessly
with music and a very personal and committed style of playing."
Bad Oeynhausen NW
colourful and passionate performance totally involved and
involving and wonderfully exciting."
Musical Opinion, South Bank
"Carolyn Kotok knew how to make her instrument
sing with a natural grace, a delicacy of detail and
that inner serenity which captures the soul."
Vevey Riviera, Switzerland
rendition... memorable... exquisite interpretation...
Kotok is clearly an artist destined for a major career."
Union Town Herald Standard, USA debut
sounds of a different quality... amazed and delighted the
Kulturring: Zeitschrift der Kulturvereine, Hamburg
"Everything had to yield to the unpretentious tone
under Kotok's hands."
mastery of her instrument was a remarkable feature of this
concert. She made it roar like a lion and whisper as quietly
as the grass plus all the emotions in between."
Leighton Buzzard Observer
"It was amazing how much tone so petite a body could
bring out. She displayed enviable technique, while the poetry
of the music was laid bare for all to hear."
Grieg Piano Concerto, Hampshire Chronicle
"Here at last is a pianist for whom music means
far more than personal glory"
with exquisite love and tenderness"
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto with the Croydon Symphony
Orchestra and conductor Arthur Davison
Glimpse behind the scenes - Checking the position and sound
of the piano on stage