Congratulations to Kim Cook who is a recipient of the University's 2016 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement. The medal was awarded at a luncheon on April 21. Faculty Scholar Medals are given to honor the contributions of individuals in arts and humanities; engineering; entrepreneurship, technology transfer and economic development; life and health sciences; physical sciences; and social and behavioral sciences.
Hailed by critics as a “superb American cellist” and a “world class” and “definitive” performer of classical works, Cook continues to enhance her reputation with international, widely acclaimed performances and recordings of world renowned composers.
Cook has performed in 28 countries with acclaimed ensembles and conductors, her colleagues said, premiering several new concerti and dozens of other works for the cello.
“From her classics of the concerto repertory to premises of new works by notable composers, her legacy of recordings is noteworthy for its breadth as well as for the quality of her contributions,” said a nominator. “Her work in the realm has reached a peak during the last five years, with particular notable critical reviews of her culminating interpretations of concerti by Lalo (2014), Saint-Saëns (2014), Tchaikovsky (2009) and Shostakovich (2009).”
James Forrest, a critic from Fanfare, called Cook’s interpretation of a Lalo piece “his favorite.” Phil Muse, from Audio Society of Atlanta, added that Cook “handles the virtuosic demands of the music, culminating in a fast scale passage and the sensational C-sharp trill at the very end, with an ease that belies all the difficulties. She cultivates one of the most beautiful singing tones I have ever heard coaxed from a cello.”