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Washington Post Recital Review

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Yevgeny’s recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC reviewed by The Washington Post

“He turned in a vivid and captivating performance [of Muhly’s Compare Notes]…That sense of directness and vitality set the tone for the entire concert, which may explain the program’s striking sense of cohesion. Or perhaps it was Kutik’s assured and full-bodied playing, which (supported impeccably by Andres) brought a kind of rough-and-tumble lyricism to two neo-classical works by Stravinsky, the 1932 “Duo Concertante” and the 1933 “Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano” (based on the Pulcinella ballet). Kutik, who was born in Minsk, Belarus, has a clear affinity for Stravinsky’s earthy, rich chamber music, and his reading of the “Duo Concertante” was the most characterful — and maybe most satisfying — you’re ever likely to hear.

But the violinist may have reserved his most insightful playing for the premiere of “Words Fail,” a one-movement “song without words” he commissioned from Andres last year. The work, Andres explained, was an attempt to grapple with his own aversion to vocal music (words are “one thing too many” in music, he said) by exploring the voice-like qualities of the violin. From a descending lament, the work slowly gathers power through overlapping variations, becoming darker, more ambiguous and more complex before building to a soaring climax. Kutik and Andres gave a persuasive, deeply thoughtful reading to this involving new work.”

Boston’s Best of 2015

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Yevgeny’s performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto in G minor with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra was named one of Boston’s best solo performances of 2015 by ArtsFuse! See the full report, here.

Sibelius Concerto Review in The Greenville News (SC)

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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.”

Yevgeny Featured as Soloist in All Star Orchestra Television Series this Fall

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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.

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Bruch Concerto Review in City Pulse (Lansing, MI)

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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.”