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Praise from Leonard Slatkin on Kutik’s Performance with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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From Leonard Slatkin’s November Blog: “Yevgeny Kutik turned out to be a real discovery with incredible musicianship, flawless technical prowess and (even though he was very lightly amplified) a big, generous sonic palette. The concerto, in two movements and a bit longer than half an hour, is one of the most impressive new pieces I have led in a long time. It holds the performers and audience in a kind of hypnotic trance and as is usual with Joe’s music, has an incredible range of colorful sounds.

It is my hope that we get to perform it several more times together. The concerto is difficult, but once the various rhythmic patterns are understood, I think it can be done comfortably by many orchestras. Perhaps the video of the livestream will be added to DSO Replay by the time you read this. Please tune in. You will be astounded.”

Review in Colin’s Column

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World Premiere of Joseph Schwantner’s Violin Concerto with Detroit Symphony Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin [live DSO webcast]

“Schwantner’s thirty-five-minute Violin Concerto, written for Yevgeny Kutik, is a compelling piece… Kutik (a violinist new to me and quite a find) gave a technically brilliant, rich-toned and musically intense performance, Slatkin in total control of the mosaic-like orchestration. As for the piece itself, it needs to be listened to again to fully appreciate the many facets; however, even if it’s perhaps too easy a reference, if you love Barber’s Violin Concerto, you’ll love the Schwantner, and he too was present.”

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Review in the Minnesota Star Tribune – July 16, 2021

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“Kutik made a convincing argument that Mendelssohn’s D-minor Concerto deserves to be heard more often. He took a work prone to histrionics in some hands and made it a captivatingly subtle musical journey. While there were some big, bold lines in the stormy first movement, there was disarming gentleness in the Andante. And Kutik displayed exhilarating athleticism in the fast passages of the Roma-flavored finale.”

Review by Textura

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“Yevgeny Kutik is not only a violinist of remarkable ability, he’s also a daring conceptualist who’s been instrumental in the release of not one but two imaginative and intensely personal projects … As this imposing, EP-length sampling of Kutik’s artistry shows, his playing is never less than enthralling, especially when the eight performances are so marked by an unerring command of intonation and pitch.” Read the full review