Bio

HAILED BY MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AS “AN EXCELLENT VIOLINIST,” TOMÁS COTIK IS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS A SOLOIST, CHAMBER MUSICIAN, AND PROFESSOR. A MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER RECORDING ARTIST, DR. COTIK HAS RELEASED FIFTEEN CD RECORDINGS FOR NAXOS AND CENTAUR RECORDS, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED OVER TWO HUNDRED ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEWS. COMMITTED TO PASSING ON HIS PASSION FOR MUSIC, DR. COTIK IS THE VIOLIN PROFESSOR AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY.

Tomás Cotik's discography includes complete opuses by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and his own arrangements of music by his countryman, Astor Piazzolla. These releases have garnered him the highest acclaim from the best-known publications. Gramophone Magazine writes, " joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomás Cotik brought to superb cycle of Schubert's violin-and-piano works…happily permeate ...most rewarding Mozart cycle…. There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin." Fanfare Magazine praises him, writing: "Cotik never indulges in violinistic brilliance at the expense of music, but he sounds consistently brilliant nevertheless." Dr. Cotik's thoughtful research on historical performance and in-depth interpretations repeatedly earned him favorable comparisons to some of the world's most famous musicians. MusicWeb International nominated his Schubert release as a "Recording of The Year," and his recent recording of Mozart's complete sonatas has well over two million Spotify streams. Cotik's latest Piazzolla CD on Naxos was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards. Different critics also describe it as "among the very best" Piazzolla albums, as well as "exceptional... Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but probably not better" (Downbeat Magazine). Tomás Cotik's music and interviews have been often broadcast worldwide and in the US on American Public Media.

As a soloist, recitalist, and former member of the acclaimed Amernet, Delray, and Harrington string quartets, Cotik has performed hundreds of recitals and chamber music concerts worldwide. In recent seasons, he appeared at New York's Merkin Hall, at the Music Mountain Festival in Connecticut, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, as well as in concerts in Detroit, Las Vegas, Omaha, Naples, Tampa, Miami, and tours in California, Mexico, Taiwan, and Israel. These concerts received enthusiastic reviews in the Strad and the Washington Post, among many other publications. He has worked closely with artists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Franklin Cohen, and the Cleveland, Miami, Pro Arte, Vogler, Vermeer, Tokyo, and Endellion string quartets. Additionally, Tomás enjoys creating collaborations with artists from multiple disciplines, a recent example being the project “Ombra Musici,” which included a five stories high projection for the Portland Winter Light Festival.

Cotik was a rotating concertmaster with the New World Symphony and performed with Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado, Yakov Kreizberg, Marin Alsop, Stephan Deneve, Roger Norrington, and Robert Spano in notable venues including Carnegie Hall. Tomás Cotik has also premiered and recorded dozens of pieces, working with living composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Chinary Ung, Joan Tower, Juan Pablo Contreras, Gabriella Smith, John Luther Adams, and Gabriela Lena Frank. Pop music collaborations include recordings with Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb, George Benson, and Alejandro Sanz, as well as performances with Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Franck Sinatra Jr., and Take 6.

Committed to passing on his passion for music, Dr. Tomás Cotik was promoted to Associate Professor of Violin at Portland State University in 2021. He recently received the inaugural Dean's Council Award for Research, Scholarship & Creativity for his significant contributions to research, scholarship, and creative activity at the international level. He previously taught at West Texas A&M University, Florida International University, and at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. He regularly holds masterclasses at universities and conferences worldwide and has participated in more than 20 international music festivals, most recently at the Round Top Music Festival and the Miami Classical Music Festival. His fifty articles on his teaching philosophy, string pedagogy, and interpretation have been published by The Strad, the American String Teacher Association Journal, American Music Teacher Magazine, and the National Association for Music Education Magazine.

“Cotik phrases this music with such feeling, making you wonder if it could possibly sound better in any other performance.”

Classical Net

“the secret here...always let curiosity be a constant inspiration. If Tomas Cotik ever revisits these works on record it will be fascinating to hear the results, but it's hard to see how they could be better that this”

THE WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“brilliantly performs the complete series of sonatas composed by Mozart ... a masterful musical compendium ..... an essential, addictive set. An almost hypnotic musical journey  ”

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

“Tomás Cotik’s deeply analytical playing adds to an exhilarating display of the musical wonders the composer saw in the violin”

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

“it is a fact that the enthusiastic performance of Argentine Tomás Cotik and the way he captures the audience is captivating”

GRAMOFON

“Supersonic Award winner. Tomas Cotik’s Piazzolla is carnal, passionate and nowhere easy-going. Together with his group he has produced a riveting CD.”

Pizzicato

“It is the result of many years of experience, full attention, research and decision-making....it is a recording of incontestable beauty...an adventure that displays a journey of absolute love for the music of J.S. Bach”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“'What a Performance 2020' Award Winner”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“excellent Piazzollean style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“Cotik…honored not only his professions as musician, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“there is no question but that this is the most exciting rendition of these works I’ve ever hear... this is now my benchmark performance of these works”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings”

South Florida Classical Review

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin brought to their superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas”

Gramophone Magazine

“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp”

Classical Net

“an exemplary presentation of marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

“Astor Piazzolla and its main interpreter is the Argentine violinist Tomas Cotik's ...musical maturity joins that way of feeling one's roots, which gives the experience of remoteness  ”

REVISTA TEATRO COLON

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

“Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla! A wild and wonderful CD.”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

“exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.”

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“an excellent violinist ... who picks up a rigorous, natural and unusual way of understanding and interpreting music  ”

Docenotas

“I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern with Daniel Baremboim and Lydia Mordkovitch, but this duo pretty much ticks all the boxes”

MusicWeb International

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

“a first-rate set of Mozart sonatas”

​THE ARTS MUSIC LOUNGE

“Cotik plays with a resonant, clear and warm tone, and dynamics, phrasing and tempi are all perfectly judged...a sentiment that is clearly evident in every single track of this exemplary set”

THE WHOLE NOTE

“We encounter here an extraordinary violinist, with an overwhelming technique and a musicality; the results are excellent, with little or nothing to envy the greatest  interpretations that could have ever been recorded.”

RITMO MAGAZINE

“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well  ”

American Record Guide

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“The technical qualities of the recording - which is on the NAXOS label, by the way - are excellent.”

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“Cotik scales Bach’s solo mountain with skill. His intricate yet soulful take is assured without ever being showy.”

BBC Magazine

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

“If anyone's up to the task, it's Cotik”

TEXTURA

“violinist Tomas Cotik is always up for a new challenge”

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”

INFODAD.COM

“Very recently I discovered this marvel ... two extraordinary instrumentalists who, combining their talents, achieve ... something great.  ”

Luis Andarcia, VENUE MAGAZINE

“should leave listeners almost breathless…a vibrancy and attention to detail...strong individuality and… vitality”

Fanfare Magazine

“without a doubt, an album to get excited and listen to continuously. Pure excellence. Essential!  ”

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

“a record which quality manages to propose the fascinating freshness of Germanic musical culture as new, as if the music had never been heard before  ”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”

ICMA

“excellent violin playing...extremely enjoyable interpretations of music that I love”

American Record Guide

“A revealing album of the mastery of the young performers who sign it  ”

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

“His pure sound, perfect intonation and fast tempos mean that Bach’s fiendishly difficult challenges become more exposed, yet he never misses a beat. The recording….captures the golden glow of his violin… in sound that is honest and clean”

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

“I highly commend Mr. Cotik for his innovative interpretations and I hope many future audiences will  experience his musical excellence”

Gary Burton

“This is an excellent recital. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. ”

American Record Guide

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“a work of high quality, for the originality of the arrangements and especially because he is an excellent instrumentalist  ”

REVISTA RITMO

“Cotik’s performance is powerful and technically brilliant, the intonation always flawless,... fearless round, and well-balanced”

CONCERTO - DAS MAGAZIN FÜR ALTE MUSIK

“Cotik makes Kreisler seem almost smarmy, Isabelle Faust almost mannered, and Julia Fischer as though she's filed down the detail”

Fanfare Magazine

“This album...immediately stands out as a recording of excellent quality. Equipped with a refined technique, Cotik interprets  these masterpieces of Bach's genius with a deep sense of style thanks to an attention to phrasing ”

GBOPERA

“clarity and tonal opulence rare in recordings of violin music”

Fanfare Magazine

“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded”

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“a musician who prepares thoroughly and has great respect for the music he performs”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“I find the Cotik and Lin performances most interesting and the sound on their disc is excellent”

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

“this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it.”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“Cotik sounds consistently brilliant ”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“An ideal disc”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“ Also in the interpretation of Mozart's sonatas, Cotik's excellent performance and perfect technique stand out in the particularly brilliant articulations  ”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording”

MusicWeb International

“a new way of looking at, understanding and perceiving music from different eras”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”

MusicWeb International

“Cotik has a consistently brilliant violinism and warm, enveloping sound  ”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“one comes away from the recording dazzled by Cotik's musicianship and technique; one is also struck by the agility of his execution, his expert command of tempo and intonation, and his ability to consistently maintain the highest level of performance ”

TEXTURA

“Cotik proves to here to have conquered an impressive variety of repertoire, already now much wider than what is usual today.”

CONCERTO - DAS MAGAZIN FÜR ALTE MUSIK

“The versions are optimal due to the stylistic understanding of the duo and the instrumental excellence of the admirable violinist.  ”

REVISTA SCHERZO

“I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke”

CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY

“Argentinean violinist Tomás Cotik... is not just another violinist. He is a passionate musician who always seems to get under the skin of the music he performs”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, but also as creative mind.”

Musical Toronto

“ There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin...a most rewarding Mozart cycle”

Gramophone Magazine

“His interpretation of Bach’s sonatas and partitas his newest album in should add a notch to his reputation as a stellar violinist”

NORTHWEST REVERB

“I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person”

Gary Burton

“Cotik’s performances are full of color, possess an elegant virtuosity and above all achieve the lyrical refinement that springs from a music that catches us by its rhythmic and melodic seduction  ”

REVISTA MUSICAL CATALANS

“wonderful album…impressive for the elegance and sensitivity of the interpretations”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“Comparisons are inevitable; on my shelves are the Grumiaux- Haskil team, the Stern-Barenboim combination, Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu, and Zukerman and Neikrug readings. The Cotik-Lin duo can take its place among those earlier esteemed ensembles with heads held high.”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“an extraordinary performance that can stand up against any other”

TEXTURA

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“short  this is a great recording  if you value warmth and sweetness in Mendelssohn. Here, though, nothing is forced, and, as  I say, the world seems a better place.”

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

“One imagines the Nuevo tango master would be as captivated as any listener by such exquisite performances.”

TEXTURA

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“Editor's Picks”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“His amazing technical skill and artistic know-how...create an indelible interpretation of Bach’s music...Cotik’s combines impeccable technique and an intuitive artistry to fashion a mesmerizing interpretation of these pieces.”

AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

“Cotik and the orchestra provided impressive advocacy for a multifaceted work that deserves to be heard more often. Cotik seamlessly handled the frequent changes in mood and adroitly traversed the work’s myriad technical challenges while always keeping the focus on the music.”

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW

“If you love the solo violin, you won't find a better recording to suit your tastes”

OBSERVER TODAY

“intelligent and sensitive...glories in...colorations and shared emphasis”

Fanfare Magazine 

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“the brilliant musicians’ ability to shift tempos...gracefully wring emotion from heartbreaking ballad tempos or generate fireworks with breakneck riffs...”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“true treasure...one of the latest gems to emerge from the season”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“Cotik never indulges in violinistic brilliance at the expense of music, but he sounds consistently brilliant nevertheless.”

Fanfare Magazine

“Warmly and sensitively played with beauty of tone, Cotik... captures the essence of Mozart in finely spun tone and sensitive contrasts in dynamics, rhythmic integrity, and clear phrasing. Their deeply felt rendition of this purest of music, from the carefree early sonatas to the more dramatic later opuses, is a model of transparency and genuine emotion. ”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“remarkable, artistic and expressive interpretations ... at a high level and perfectly adapted to the respective styles  ”

PIZZICATO

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