moving brilliant performance
I was riveted
Graceful and powerful, delicate and incisive
this is how one must describe the piano playing of Carolyn
regarded pianist who has captivated audiences and generated
rave reviews across Europe and N America, Carolyn Kotok
first came to public prominence in 1986 when, at a days
notice, she stepped in to play in a gala concert at Birmingham
Town Hall with Conductor Sir Charles Groves. In the same
year she went on to win First Prize at the Dudley
International Piano Competition, which launched
her career as a soloist and led to her critically acclaimed
London debut at the Wigmore Hall.
in Germany, Carolyn Kotok had her formative training at
The Purcell School
and the Guildhall School of Music.
During this time, she won numerous awards and engagements
from all the major musical Trusts, subsequently completing
her studies at the Hanover Hochschule für Musik, Germany,
and privately with Benjamin Kaplan in London.
successes and prizes in competitions include: the National
Federation of Music Societies Competition; Newport International
Piano Competition; the Croydon Symphony Orchestra Soloist
Award, which resulted in concerto work with Conductor Arthur
Davison CBE; and Winner of the GEDOK German Music Competition.
Kotok has performed extensively in major venues throughout
Great Britain, including The South Bank, Croydon Fairfield
Halls and for a gala event at the London Palladium. She
has broadcast on Radio and Television and has toured in
countries throughout Europe, notably Germany, Switzerland,
France, Belgium and Holland, as well as giving all-Chopin
programme recitals in Poland for the International Federation
of Chopin Societies.
Following her highly successful North American debut in
1996, where she gave the inaugural concert for the Frick
Arts Music Series, Ms
Kotok was subsequently invited back to the US repeatedly
for further engagements, radio broadcasts and interviews.
In Washington DC these have included concerts at the Phillips
Collection, the Mozart at the World Bank Festival, the Cosmos
Club and at the Kennedy
Center as part of the WPAS 'Emerging Artists'
London based, Carolyn is in great demand as a piano
teacher, to which she maintains a strong and
active commitment. She runs a thriving private teaching
practice in N London and is an established piano tutor to
clients in the city.
In addition to solo playing in the Classical Music arena,
Carolyn's further interests lie in the related areas of
performance psychology and nutrition. She also holds a black
belt in martial arts.
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Kotok is a Steinway