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Wigmore Hall, Solo Recital, July 24, 2000

"truly glorious tone" "She tackled Kodaly's daunting Solo Sonata with a deal of technical skill" "She plays with a natural lyrical feeling" "Barber proved to be the best performance of the evening, eloquent, urgent and structurally sound. Kim Cook is certainly a talent to watch."

Geoffrey Crankshaw, Musical Opinion (London)

"Folk music-most notably from the Americas-was central to this recital by Kim Cook and Carl Blake, their programme both enterprising and varied." "In a work renowned for its demanding technical hurdles (Kodaly Sonata for Solo Cello Op. 8) Cook's sense of impetus and perception of the assimilated Eastern European folk music was vividly demonstrated." "The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Barber's Cello Sonata... a strong performance of a work which is ironically difficult to bring off--the lyricism of the music suited her style of playing and both artists demonstrated a keen awareness of line and colour."

Joanne Talbot, The Strad



Carnegie Hall, Solo Recital

"she brought to the fore a wide assortment of ravishing colors and textures"

"This interpretation put a thoughtful new light on Kodaly's challenging, nay, daunting score"

"songfully and sensitively conveyed" (Brahms, Adagio affettuoso)

"sympathetically and elegantly rendered" (Faure, Ravel)

Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review



Cleveland Museum of Art, Solo Recital, premiere of Eberhard Cello Suite


"Dramatic cello suite earns standing ovation" (headline), "won a spontaneous standing ovation...the piece made a powerful impact....glissandos up and down the strings, pizzicatos that snap, and timbres that exploit the tone qualities of the cello...created an expressive palette of sonorities" "Cook's warm tone and singing line suited the music...gifted with an affinity for contemporary music, Cook rose to another level in her inspired performance of the Eberhard Suite"

Cleveland Plain Dealer



Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, Latin American Tours

"extraordinary"

El Occidental (Guadalajara, Mexico)

"splendid"

Ocho Columnas (Guadalajara)

"A 'Wow' was heard from the audienceas they gave their applause to the Piazzolla Tango." "presented a flawless performance, proving why they are this year's artistic ambassadors."

El Norte (Monterrey, Mexico)

"Excellent interpretations of sonatas by Cesar Franck and Samuel Barber"..."full and passionate dramatic touch....executed the piece with authenticity and musicality" "the excellent performance made the Monterrey audience hungry for knowledge of Barber"

El Diario de Monterrey

"exquisite performance" "The concert carried the senses...I was suspended in a gentle but deep feeling atmosphere" "performance was simple but 'sharp', like a brand new blade in its movements and techniques, and like a caring butterfly in its deep feelings"

La Informacion (Santiago, Dominican Republic)

"Flawless performance"

Criação (Manaus, Brazil)



Carnegie Hall, Castalia Trio Recital

"upbeat program, excellently played...cello solos sang with sweetness and light"

New York Concert Review



Stuttgart, Beethoven Triple Concerto

"trio of virtuosos, outstanding interpretation...melodic, colorful tone quality in the Largo, stimulating rhythmic impulse in the fiery final movement"

Stuttgart Journal



Frankfurt, Haydn Concerto in C Major with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic

"superb" "clearly defined, energetic line. The cello virtuoso solved all musical and technical challenges of the three movements with bravura and musical temperament."

Die Rheinpfalz (Frankfurt)



Tour of China; Beijing, Nanjing, Jinan, and Shanghai;

"dazzling...triumphant...the performance captured our hearts."

Daily Xinhua (Nanjing)

"the performance awakened our senses"

Nanjing Daily Journal



Cleveland Museum of Art, premiere of Episodes for Horn and Cello by Jonathan McNair

"beautiful performance from cellist Kim Cook"

Cleveland Plain Dealer



Review of CD of Solo Sonatas by Kodaly, Crumb, and Hindemith,

"a performance of great merit, one that will bear repeated hearings" "The music is offered with emotion and technical virtuosity". "an accomplished and emotional performer."

Voices (PA)



Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major, Lincoln Symphony

"decisive and clean...difficult double and triple stops in the high register seemed to flow from Cook's masterful technique. Patrons immersed themselves in Cook's playing...alluring slow movement...she flew through triple stopsexact pitch in high registers...an exciting performanceoutstanding performance"

Lincoln Journal Star



Boccherini Cello Concerto, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra

"Breathtakinga virtuoso display of cello technique...poised and elegantoutstanding"

Dvorak Concerto, Penn's Woods Orchestra

"rich, effulgent tone...an ethnic and feeling interpretation worthy of comparison with Casals and Rostropovich. Her gorgeous tone and superb technique dominated the concerto. This was an evening to remember"

Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Nittany Valley Symphony

"remarkable tone and virtuosity...breathtaking...clear, sweet tone"

            Centre Daily Times, University Park, PA



September, 1994, Castalia Trio Recital

"Castalia Trio presents strong, sensitive, satisfying concert" (headline) "The performances were vigorous, yet sensitive and satisfying...The charmed audience responded with a well-deserved standing ovation." "expressive....the trio seemed to revel in building a beautiful and elegant performance. The finale was exciting." "The third movement, (Arensky Trio), an elegy, gave Cook the opportunity to display at length her beautiful tone"
                 
             Centre Daily Times, University Park, PA




June, 1993, Dvorak Concerto, Penn’s Woods Orchestra

"On Saturday night, Cook played one of the most beautiful concerts a Schwab Auditorium audience has ever heard. It was clear that she was master of the instrument. she played from within,...a rich, effulgent tone...an ethnic and feeling interpretation worthy of comparison with Casals and Rostropovich. Her gorgeous tone and superb technique dominated the concerto. This was an evening to remember"

           Centre Daily Times, University Park, PA




May, 1993, Beethoven Triple Concerto

"trio of virtuosos, outstanding interpretation....melodic, colorful tone quality in the Largo, stimulating rhythmic impulse in the fiery final movement"

            Stuttgart Journal




June, 1992, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Penn’s Woods Orchestra

"first theme beautifully played by cellist Cook. Cook established the mood of the composition positively and definitely. This was virtuoso performing at the highest level."

        Centre Daily Times, University Park, PA




July, 1992, Solo Recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art

premiere of Eberhard Cello Suite

"Dramatic cello suite earns standing ovation" (headline), "won a spontaneous standing ovation...the piece made a powerful impact....glissandos up and down the strings, pizzicatos that snap, and timbres that exploit the tone qualities of the cello...created an expressive palette of sonorities" "Cook’s warm tone and singing line suited the music....gifted with an affinity for contemporary music, Cook rose to another level in her inspired performance of the Eberhard Suite"

         Cleveland Plain Dealer




October, 1992, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations

"remarkable tone and virtuosity.....breathtaking.....clear, sweet tone"

              Centre Daily Times, University Park, PA




April, 1991, premiere of Episodes for Horn and Cello by Jonathan McNair 

"beautiful performance from cellist Kim Cook"

                Cleveland Plain Dealer





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