Royal Northern Sinfonia / Cottis | The Times, UK
"Buoyant performances bring the Sage back to life: ...the players of the Royal Northern Sinfonia showed their joy in being back through a buoyant performance of Mozart’s Symphony No 39, those super-assertive E-flat chords yielding to elegant string playing, shaped with refinement and poise by the conductor Jessica Cottis."
Simon Thompson, THE TIMES 26 Oct 2020
Gävle Symphony Orchestra / Cottis | Arbetarbladet, Sweden
"There are concerts that you leave shaken, easily stunned as if you are still left in the musical bubble: the music has penetrated and does not want to let go. Thursday night's concert with young Russian pianist Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, conductor Jessica Cottis and the Gävle Symphony Orchestra was such a rare occasion. Here we got the power, technical brilliance, empathy, and a super close interaction. I think I've never heard the concerto performed with such vigour and intensity. There was impressive playing by the orchestra with Jessica Cottis who led it all with millimetre precision: the music really flowed, and the interactions between soloist and orchestra were completely seamless, like the emerging waves of an ocean."
Lars Westin, ARBETARBLADET 31 January 2020
Norrlandsoperans symfoniorkester / Cottis | Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden
"Saturday's magnificent performance of Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem became for me one of the big musical events of the year. With absolutely the right temperament for this kind of music and a fine conducting technique, Jessica Cottis took care of every note. With authority and the clarity of sunlight, she lifted the orchestra to immense heights."
Bengt Hultman, VÄSTERBOTTENS-KURIREN 17 November 2019
Real Filharmonia de Galicia / Cottis | Mundo Clásico, Spain
"The Australian Jessica Cottis suffers -or enjoys- synaesthesia, the ability to experience sound in the form of colours. Maybe that explains, at least in part, the unbeatable impression she made on her debut with the Real Filharmonia. The other part is of course her abundant musicality. It has been a while since I heard a Beethoven so good, and I can't think of a better way to honour him in this anniversary year. Suddenly, Prometheus became a score that fits as a glove to the Real Filharmonia.
Cottis conducted the ballet with vigour and clarity: on the one hand, although she does not ignore the historicist teachings, she molds the orchestra with a 'nach dem Schlag' technique that gives warmth and body to the sound where others only see roughness and rickets. She took care of each measure, each line, each phrase, each sound plane. The public appreciated it with all justice. I hope she comes back soon."
Alfredo López-Vivié Palencia, MUNDO CLÁSICO 5 February 2020
Sydney Symphony/Cottis | Daily Telegraph, Australia
"The concert marked the popular return of Australian-British conductor Jessica Cottis. There are few more stirring ways to start a program than the work she chose, Sibelius’s tried and trusted patriotic tone poem Finlandia. From the opening snarling brass to the noble broad anthem and the final gathering energy racing towards hoped-for independence, it’s a bracing ride and Cottis proved a thrilling driver, tight and concise with expansive gestures and happy to take risks."
Steve Moffat DAILY TELEGRAPH 13 May 2019
LA Philharmonic/Cottis | Variety Magazine, USA
"The LA Philharmonic, energetically led by Australian conductor Jessica Cottis, brought life and heft to Kubrick’s inspired mixtape of classical repertoire — from the majesty of Also sprach Zarathustra to the triumphant strains of Beethoven’s Ninth."
Tim Greiving VARIETY 25 November 2018
Malmö Symphony Orchestra/Cottis | Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Sweden
An enlightened performance of the Sibelius, Nordic in tone, transparent in sound, and easy in step. At the same time, the audience were pulled into something quietly profound: it was as though the music was surrounded by a natural yet mystical fog. One clearly recognised the presence of something quite unconventional, as though a spirit was peeking out through the shadowy depths of the forest. Even in Grieg's Holberg Suite, the Australian-English conductor Jessica Cottis brought light and lyricism. The MSO's string section were playful, as though in fine costumes and long dresses, but with all the seams beautifully well hidden.
Matti Edén SYDSVENSKA DAGBLADET 17 Nov 2017
Royal Opera, Covent Garden/Music Theatre Wales/Cottis |The Times
"The tirelessly energetic cast are supported by heroic playing from the London Sinfonietta, superbly conducted by Jessica Cottis."
Richard Morrison THE TIMES 26 Sept 2019
Royal Opera, Covent Garden/Music Theatre Wales/Cottis | The Guardian
"This witty production of Gerald Barry’s demanding opera about a composer with writer’s block features fine singing and playing. The cast does a fine job with some incredibly demanding music. Jessica Cottis conducts with absolute security, and the London Sinfonietta plays brilliantly."
Erica Jeal THE GUARDIAN 26 Sept 2019
Royal Opera, Covent Garden/Music Theatre Wales/Cottis | The Sunday Times
"Jessica Cottis and members of the London Sinfonietta deserve medals for their conducting and playing."
Hugh Canning THE TIMES 6 October 2019
Royal Opera House/Cottis | The Times
"Superbly delivered by the Aurora Orchestra under Jessica Cottis’s direction."
Richard Morrison THE TIMES 22 Feb 2019
Royal Opera House/Cottis | The Telegraph
“Jessica Cottis conducts the Aurora Orchestra with aplomb.”
Rupert Christiansen THE TELEGRAPH 22 Feb 2019
Royal Opera House/Cottis | Financial Times
“strikingly brought to life by the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis”
Richard Fairman FINANCIAL TIMES 23 Feb 2019
Royal Opera House/Cottis | The Sunday Times
"impressively conducted by Jessica Cottis with the Aurora Orchestra"
Paul Driver THE SUNDAY TIMES 3 March 2019
Royal Opera House/Cottis | The Arts Desk
“Jessica Cottis directs members of the Aurora Orchestra with incisive clarity, deploying her forces strategically, always mindful of the singers who must project Simon’s text without the help of surtitles. It’s no small praise to say that you hardly lose a word.”
Alexandra Coghlan THE ARTS DESK 23 Feb 2019
Västerås Sinfonietta/Cottis | Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, Sweden
Conductor Jessica Cottis led a performance which was extraordinarily exciting; luminous and full of vitality. Her communication with the Sinfonietta was immediate and worked like a charm.
Birgit Ahlberg-Hyse VESTMANLANDS LÄNS TIDNING 26th Jan 2018
Sydney Symphony/Cottis | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
Conductor Jessica Cottis shaped the striving combative ideas of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 The Inextinguishable, with precision, cogency, and, where needed, elegance. This is a work with an indefinable but compelling logic, telling us a narrative that only music can relate. Cottis and the SSO set out its discursive interplay of motives with clear definition and moulded tonal balance. Cottis draws in the listener’s ear through engaged energy and musical intelligence.
Peter McCallum SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 13 May 2019
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra / Cottis | Winnipeg Free Press
Cottis’s wholly animated, often visceral approach, seemed to fairly dance on the podium. It instilled both life and colour to its four movements, including a searing interpretation of Grieg's The Death of Aase, with its pathos seeming to grow by the minute, that left listeners in hushed reverie.
Holly Harris WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 8 Feb 2020
Canberra Symphony Orchestra/Cottis | Limelight
Cottis was an inspired choice. The orchestra responded brilliantly to her conducting style, which at one minute was fluid and expressive, and, at another, animated and explosive, and everything in between.
Clinton White LIMELIGHT 20 May 2019
Orchestra of Opera North/Cottis | Reviews Hub
The first half was devoted to opera, beginning and ending with two great overtures, Glinka’s exhilarating Ruslan and Lyudmila, and Cottis’ thrilling account of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, a terrifying explosion of power.
Ron Simpson REVIEWS HUB 2 August 2017
BBC Proms/BBC Concert Orchestra/Cottis | Bachtrack, UK
"The performances themselves were a triumph, Jessica Cottis and the BBC Concert Orchestra tripping chameleon-like through a programme of musical costume-changes. Their pièce de résistance was a showstoppingly controlled and majestic Also sprach Zarathustra. Cottis dived in with equal aplomb to the interaction-with-the-presenters aspect of her job description, displaying a naturalness and confidence worlds away from the usual duck-out-of-water awkwardness we've come to brace ourselves for from conductors at such events."
Charlotte Gardner BACHTRACK 30 August 2016
Chelsea Opera Group/Cottis | The Times
Borodin's Prince Igor: "Conducted with style, clarity and energy by Jessica Cottis."
Anna Picard THE TIMES 24 October 2016
Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Cottis | Sydney Morning Herald
"Precision, energy and elegance. Most impressive was the finale where Cottis chose a speed that highlighted Mozart's breathtaking plenitude of invention with exhilarating delight. We will hear more of her welcome talent."
Peter McCallum SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2 Sept 2013
Scottish Opera/Cottis | The Independent, UK
"Conductor Jessica Cottis nailed the seediness and suavity of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins for Scottish Opera."
Anna Picard THE INDEPENDENT 18 Dec 2011
Scottish Opera/Company Chordelia/Cottis | The Times, UK
"In the pit, Jessica Cottis coaxed a rich, sharp and sleazy sound from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Do not miss."
Sarah Urwin Jones THE TIMES 22 Aug 2013
Tucson Symphony/Cottis | Arizona Daily Star
What terrific music Cottis made with the TSO. From the opening Thomas Adés work to Cottis’s spirited take on the Mozart, Friday’s concert was a great way to kick off 2018. Adés's “Three Studies” is a marvelous reimagining of a trio of the Baroque composer’s works. When Cottis brought it all together, the effect was sublime, and beneath the subtle dissonance, Couperin’s original Baroque sound shined.
If there were any American classical music talent managers in the audience, we’re confident her concerts will be the first of many U.S. podium appearances. Cottis turned in a spirited performance. Expressive and energetic, she had the symphony rocking to Mozart’s playful and exuberant Symphony 29. She brought out Mozart’s wonderful colors and emotions and accentuated the composer’s spirit with so much enthusiasm you couldn’t help but get lost in her performance.
Cathalena E. Burch ARIZONA DAILY STAR 6 Jan 2018
Scottish Opera/Cottis | The Independent on Sunday, UK
"Under Jessica Cottis, Scottish Opera's orchestra sounded taut, slippery and glamorous."
Anna Picard THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 04 Sept 2011
Bit20 Ensemble/Cottis | Bergens Tidende, Norway
"Under the leadership of Jessica Cottis, Bit20 Ensemble delivered powerful and precise performances of these two contemporary pieces of music. Cottis was fascinating: she combines a cool head with a warm heart; leading us safely through the throes between acoustic and electronic worlds. World-class."
Annabel Guaita BERGENS TIDENDE 15 March 2015
Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Cottis | Artshub, Australia
"Cottis certainly got, for instance, a wonderful sound out of the brass, which made the Magic Flute overture shine, as well as a great sense of pace and sizzle from the strings. A good test for an overture is whether you want to see the opera after the concert has finished, and such was the case with this."
Tomas Boot ARTSHUB 2 Sept 2013