Violinist Tomás Cotik presents a video performance of the Prelude from Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello in a transcription for violin. The work features on Cotik’s new recording of the six suites, out now on Centaur.

Cotik shared his technical and musical approaches to recording the suites with The Strad. Read his article How I recorded Bach’s Cello Suites for violin here.

Cotik currently resides in Madrid, Spain, holding a nine-month-long Fulbright research award during his sabbatical year as a violin professor at Portland State University in Oregon.

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