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Bruch Concerto Review in City Pulse (Lansing, MI)

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.”

Prokofiev Concerto Review in The Republican

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.”

 

SubCulture Review in The Strad

THE STRAD (June 2014)

“American violinist Yevgeny Kutik gave a convincing recital at [New York City’s] SubCulture, opening with a masterful performance of the Waltz from Prokofiev’s Cinderella…Franck’s Violin Sonata followed, and Kutik presented an elegantly phrased, sensitive interpretation that balanced passion with nuance…His performance of the Schnittke Sonata no. 1 was as compelling as his spoken introduction to it, both of which demonstrated a deep knowledge and understanding of the work and allowed Kutik to communicate the complex piece well…The audience sat hushed throughout his encore–a traditional Yiddish folk song–listening intently to his heartfelt playing.”

POBEJDA: “Supreme Violinism”

POBEJDA (May 25, 2013) — “Supreme Violinism” By Sonja Marinkovic

“Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major is justly considered one of the most wonderful and most complex in the late-Romanticist concert literature. It uncompromisingly places the highest demands on its violin soloist…Yevgeny Kutik’s complete command of his technical facility is undeniable; he handled the interpretation of the concerto with impressive precision, in the virtuoso aspects of the work, but at the same time always created the necessary poeticism and beauty in its lyrical moments, communicating well with the orchestra and its individual soloists…”