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 appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University in 2016. 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.

“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

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

American Record Guide

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“An ideal disc”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“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

“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

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

Musical Toronto

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“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

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

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

American Record Guide

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

TEXTURA

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

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

“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

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

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

BBC Magazine

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

“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

“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

“a first-rate set of Mozart sonatas”

​THE ARTS MUSIC LOUNGE

“Editor's Picks”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

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

Gramophone Magazine

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

American Record Guide

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“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

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

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

TEXTURA

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

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“'What a Performance 2020' Award Winner”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

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

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

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

GBOPERA 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

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

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

CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

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

Classical Net

“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”

ICMA

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

INFODAD.COM

“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

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

“Cotik sounds consistently brilliant ”

STRINGS MAGAZINE

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“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

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“an exemplary presentation of marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

REVISTA RITMO

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

MusicWeb International

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

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

CONCERTO - DAS MAGAZIN FÜR ALTE MUSIK

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

Fanfare Magazine

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

South Florida Classical Review

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

MusicWeb International

“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

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

“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

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

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

REVISTA SCHERZO

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

Gary Burton

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

Luis Andarcia, VENUE MAGAZINE

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

Classical Net

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

Fanfare Magazine 

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

​DOWNBEAT 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

“excellent Piazzollean style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

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

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

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

Fanfare Magazine

“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

“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

“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

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

Docenotas

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“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

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

OBSERVER TODAY

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

TEXTURA

“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

“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

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

GRAMOFON

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

PIZZICATO

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

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