THE GREENVILLE NEWS (March 23, 2014)
“For the Sibelius violin concerto, Yevgeny Kutik exerted a dazzling command of the soloist’s role. Sibelius’ only concerto, composed for the instrument he loved most, reveals the tempestuous soul of his homeland. Kutik rolled off the soaring melodies in rhapsodic style. Above all, Kutik’s performance was passionate. With lightning-fast arpeggios, stretches of ‘dialogue’ in which Kutik created both ‘speakers,’ and ravishing slow violin melodies, Kutik offered the audience an electrifying performance.”
In the fall of 2013, Yevgeny Kutik will be a featured soloist with the newly formed All Star Orchestra playing Joseph Schwantner’s “The Poet’s Hour” for violin and orchestra on a nationally broadcast program for public television. The All Star Orchestra is comprised of American orchestral musicians from all over the country that taped eight programs in August 2012, all of which will be broadcast on public television and then issued on DVDs by Naxos.
The Montenegrin daily newspaper, “Pobejda”, said about Yevgeny’s recent Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Montenegrin National Symphony: “Yevgeny Kutik’s complete command of his technical facility is undeniable; he handled the interpretation of the concerto with impressive precision…”
After Yevgeny’s appearances with the North German Philharmonic playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Rostock, Germany, OSTSEE ZEITUNG and NORDDUETSCHE NEUESTE NACHRICHTEN have delivered rave reviews about the performances.
Yevgeny Kutik joined host Cathy Fuller for an hour of music and conversation on the WGBH show ‘Live from Fraser.’ Though it was originally broadcast November 11, 2010 on 99.5 All Classical Boston, it is archived online and available for listening at anytime.
CITY PULSE (Lansing, MI) (September 17, 2014)
“Yevgeny Kutik infused every note, no matter how fleeting, with its own color and character, elevating Bruch’s music [Concerto #1] from merely pleasing to unforgettable. From the start, it seemed to dawn on everyone in the hall that a master was at work. Many listeners leaned forward, mesmerized by the liquid, mercurial strands of melody that spiraled from his fiddle. Kutik had a way of working the virtuoso bits unto the grain of the music, like patterns on birch bark, burnishing his tone with breathtaking beauty. Far from showing off, he seemed to float above himself, monitoring every move, deflecting attention from the effort required to achieve this miracle of sound.”
THE REPUBLICAN (March 30, 2014) – Violinist Yevgeny Kutik brilliant with Springfield Symphony Orchestra
“Violinist Yevgeny Kutik might well be the finest guest soloist the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has featured in the past 20 years. Kutik’s account of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto explored thrilling extremes of character and intensity, laying bare the composer’s soul at its most romantic and private one moment, at its most ironic and extroverted the next.
Kutik’s gift goes far beyond the mere mastery of his instrument. It combines deep and revealing investigation into the heart of the music he plays with passionate desire to share its stories in the most vivid terms imaginable.
In Kutik’s able hands, the soaring lyrical themes of the first movement of the Prokofiev Concerto were exquisitely tuned at dizzying altitudes – heart-breaking high C’s sung with heavenly melancholy. The scrubbing passagework of the brisker portions capered with the mischief of a maleficent imp.
The subtle Andante drew still more heartfelt playing from the young violinist – shapely, golden tones, elegantly phrased with a panache that belied his years. Kutik’s superb negotiation of the finale, with its warm, sensual Spanish flavoring (the Concerto was first performed in Madrid in 1935) and fiery finish, brought the Symphony Hall audience of 1,744 immediately to its feet, for a lengthy ovation, followed by two curtain calls. Kutik rewarded their accolades with a profound encore of the Largo from J. S. Bach’s Sonata in C for solo violin.”