Press and Reviews

 

Sarasota Observer, Thomas Koch 'Six-string Sensei' by Marty Fugate
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Reviews and Comments of Live Events and the CD "Souvenir de Paris"

"I am struck by the high quality of every aspect of the performance. I feel it's an absolute must to hear this trio as it is a rare opportunity to hear this particularly rich sonority in contrast to more common chamber music."
--Composer Paul Fetler, Prof. Emeritus, University of Minnesota
--in a review of Trio Voilá on August 5, 2005

"With great nuance, he interpreted the C-major Sonata op.15 and the first Rossiniana by the famous classical composer and guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani. Hispanic folkloristic patterns resonated in John King’s “Ca’d’Zan” and Paul Fetler’s “Folia Lirica”. The pieces were dedicated to the interpreter by the two American composers and Koch let the music shine with a rich sound, a lot of esprit and a dynamic tone creation."
--Harmut Sassenhausen
--Westdeutsche Zeitung, Wuppertal, Germany, July 16, 2005
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"... Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, featured Thomas Koch playing guitar. The orchestra opened this with a fresh, exciting introduction. Koch displayed a definite mastery of the guitar and fused this with the orchestra into a fine Latin musical tapestry…."
--Sandy Copperman, The Sun Herald, January 25, 2005
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"Your performance was truly outstanding and contributed significantly to the success of the program. I want to assure you that you were very much appreciated. Please accept my personal thanks for a job exceptionally well done."
--Rolland V. Heiser, President, New College Foundation
--November 13, 2002

"...In a concert that ranged from 17th-century compositions to modern works, guitarist Thomas Koch follows the path of Andres Segovia...."
--Florence Fisher, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 10, 2002
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"The opportunity to hear Laurence Sherr's "Blue Ridge Frescoes" in a live performance by an artist as gifted as you was a very important part of the event."
--Richard Storm, IMACTION, January 22, 1999

"Classical guitarist Thomas Koch performed an impressive concert at Sarasota's Church of the Redeemer…".
--Charlie Huisking, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 30, 1998

"Your recital was a delight! We are looking forward to your playing with us."
--Louise T. Adler, President, Anna Maria Community Orchestra, May 1998

"Thanks again for your splendid concert….I'm delighted that you included the Ogawa "Quatre Images" on your program. I thought that they provided a strong beginning for the second half of your concert...."
--Dr. Stephen Miles, Associate Professor of Music, New College of Florida, February 1997

Reviews of CD Souvenir de Paris
Thomas Koch plays 19th and 20th century guitar music
(released in 1995)

"...Thomas Koch, whose playing is new to me, plays the guitar as though he is singing each phrase. His interpretations use the full dynamic range of the instrument, he has the widest possible range of attack and articulation, yet he always plays within the instrument’s capabilities. I could go on and on about this recording, I’ve enjoyed it as much as anything I’ve heard.
--Classical Guitar Monthly classical guitar magazine published in England. April 1996 issue by John Arran. Click here for entire review

"Koch has dextrous fingering, shapes passages sensitively and is adepet in all the styles represented on the CD. The music ranges from a sweet and languid romanza by 20th-century composer Miguel Llobet; disarming and charming European dances adapted to popular Brazilian ensembles by Heitor Villa-Lobos; to the technical complexities of the contemporary repertoire...."
--Jeffrey Smart
--The Longboat Observer

"Sein Spiel wirkt wohltuend unverkniffen...wirklich wie “Spiel” und nicht wie schweisstreibende Arbeit, und doch ist es ernstgemeind."
Gitarre & Laute
--Dr. Peter Päffgen
--German classical guitar publication, No.2, 1996:
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"Le tout est magistralement interprété par le jeune guitariste allemand Thomas Koch, ancien élève d’Alberto Ponce, qui, grâce à ce grand tour d’horizon, peut nous montrer qu’il peut être brillant et avec facilité dans les traits de virtuosité et expressif avec une sonorité très chaleureuse dans les mouvement plus lents."
Les Cahiers de la Guitare et de la Musique
--Alain Miteran
--French classical guitar publication, no.57 1996:
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