Bio

HAILED BY MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AS “AN EXCELLENT VIOLINIST,” TOMAS 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 A HUNDRED REVIEWS AND THE HIGHEST PRAISES FROM SOME OF THE BEST-KNOWN PUBLICATIONS. COMMITTED TO PASSING ON HIS PASSION FOR MUSIC, DR. COTIK IS THE VIOLIN PROFESSOR AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY. HE PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, AND WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY.

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE: "The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik brought to (the) superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas. There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin... a most rewarding Mozart cycle."

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL: "Recordings Of The Year. My first chamber choice for the year... I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern and Daniel Barenboim on Sony Classics and Lydia Mordkovitch and Gerhard Oppitz on Chandos, but this duo on Centaur pretty much ticks all the boxes”

FANFARE MAGAZINE: "Cotik never indulges in violinistic brilliance at the expense of music, but he sounds consistently brilliant nevertheless…for those open to so thoughtful a violinist as Cotik, these readings should stand beside Pinchas Zukerman's readings on the shelf. “Cotik make Kreisler seem almost smarmy...Isabelle Faust almost mannered...and Julia Fischer...as though she's filed down the detail”

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE: "Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else."      

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

Dr. Cotik’s CD recordings received the highest praises from some of the best-known publications such as Gramophone, American Record Guide, Downbeat, Scherzo, Fanfare, and MusicWeb International. His debut album, the first volume of the complete works of Franz Schubert for violin and piano, was released in 2012 on Centaur Records and received numerous rave reviews in the international press, including one in Fanfare Magazine that compared their CD favorably with the classic recording by Rachmaninoff and Kreisler. This recording was also nominated as “Recording of the Year” 2013 by MusicWeb International and was broadcast nationwide by American Public Media. In 2013, Naxos released his duo’s album "Tango Nuevo" with music by Astor Piazzolla for violin and piano, described by different critics as "among the very best" Piazzolla albums, “by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recordings,” as well as “exceptional... Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but probably not better” (Downbeat Magazine). In 2015, Centaur Records released the second installment of Schubert’s complete works for violin and piano and Tomas's debut solo violin CD, which includes solo violin works by Telemann, Bach, Piazzolla, as well as the world premiere recording of original works by Franz Schubert. American Record Guide wrote “you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well” as well as “I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else.” Tomas Cotik's recent recording of all 16 sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart was streamed over 2 million times on Spotify. Other recent projects include a second Piazzolla album, which was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards and a brand new release of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas. Cotik has worked extensively with Grammy-winning producers such as Blanton Alspaugh and Judith Sherman, and also produced over ten recordings himself.

As a former member of the acclaimed Amernet String Quartet in residence at Florida International University, Tomas Cotik toured extensively throughout the US and Israel. Prior to this, he was a member of the Delray String Quartet, with whom he commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by Richard Danielpour and Kenneth Fuchs for two Naxos albums.  Previously, he was the first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet, with which he recorded the Mendelssohn viola quintets with renowned violist James Dunham. Further chamber music collaborations include concerts with Joseph Kalichstein, Franklin Cohen, Alexander Fiterstein, as well as, some members from the Cleveland, Miami, Pro Arte and Vogler string quartets, among others. 

While placing an emphasis on the music of the first Viennese school and early romantic music, Tomas Cotik has also focused on a wide spectrum of music going from historically informed baroque performances to the works of his countryman Astor Piazzolla. He has also performed, recorded, and premiered dozens of works by contemporary composers and worked with musicians such as Augusta Read Thomas, Dimitri Tymoczko, Chinary Ung, Joan Tower, Juan Pablo Contreras, Gabriella Smith, John Luther Adams and Gabriela Lena Frank, just to name a few. 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.

Dr. Cotik has performed hundreds of chamber music concerts internationally, giving recitals in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Japan and throughout the U.S., participating in more than 15 international music festivals and creating collaborative projects with artists from various fields. In recent seasons, he appeared at New York’s Merkin Hall, at 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.

Cotik was a first-prize winner at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, as well as the winner of the Government of Canada Award for 2003-2005. As an international soloist, he performed the violin concertos of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bruch, and Tchaikovsky, the Schubert Rondo for violin and strings as well as Piazzolla and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” A leader of various orchestras, Tomas Cotik was a rotating concertmaster with the New World Symphony, principal second violin of the Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Symphony, as well as the concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony, with which he also appeared as a soloist. Dr. Cotik was invited to perform as the concertmaster of the Minas Gerais Philarmonic in Brazil under Fabio Mechetti. He has performed with several internationally prominent conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado, Yakov Kreizberg, Marin Alsop, Stephan Deneve, Roger Norrington and Robert Spano in significant venues including Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Tomas Cotik earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami and completed his doctoral research on the interpretation of Schubert's violin and piano music. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Freiburg University of Music in Germany in addition to an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He studied with Nicolas Chumachenco and Lorand Fenyves. He also worked closely with members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, and Endellion String Quartets, as well as notable artists, including Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, Ana Chumachenko Heinz Holliger, Leon Fleisher and the leaders of the Vienna, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, and San Francisco Symphonies.

Committed to both performing and teaching, Dr. Tomas Cotik is the violin professor at Portland State University, where 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. Prior to this, he was part of the faculty of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Florida International University and West Texas A&M University. He has also given presentations at national and international music conventions, such as the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio, the College Music Society’s international convention in Buenos Aires, Vancouver and San Antonio as well as the American String Teachers Association’s national conference in Tampa. He has held master classes at universities and festivals across the country such as Round Top Music Festival, Ithaca College, California State University Northridge, the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, West Virginia University, Delaware County Community College, California State University, Fresno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of New Mexico, University of Tampa, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Florida Atlantic University.

Bio en español

“una nueva forma de mirar, entender y percibir la música de diferentes épocas”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

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

Classical Net

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

“un disco la cui qualità riesce a proporre la freschezza affascinante della cultura musicale germanica come nuova, come se non si fossero mai ascoltate prima”

GBOPERA 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

“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

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

MusicWeb International

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

Gramophone Magazine

“un violinista excelente... que recoge una forma rigurosa, natural y fuera de lo común de entender e interpretar la música”

Docenotas

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

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

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli

“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

“Editor's Picks”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“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

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

Musical Toronto

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

CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

“Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”

NORMAN LEBRECHT

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“Anche nell’interpretazione delle sonate di Mozart si evidenziano l’ottima cavata e la perfetta tecnica di Cotik negli staccati particolarmente brillanti.”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

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

American Record Guide

“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

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

“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

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

OBSERVER TODAY

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

TEXTURA

“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

“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

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

INFODAD.COM

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

BBC Magazine

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”

BBC MAGAZINE, Niel McKim

“Un disco ideal”

SONOGRAMA MAGAZINE

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

“Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente”

GBOPERA MAGAZINE

“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del admirable violinista”

REVISTA SCHERZO

“bemerkenswert, kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen...auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”

PIZZICATO

“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

“a first-rate set of these of Mozart sonatas”

​THE ARTS MUSIC LOUNGE

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

FANFARE MAGAZINE

“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

TEXTURA

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

““Legacy” es, sin dudas, un álbum para emocionarse y escuchar continuamente. Excelencia pura. Imprescindible!”

CULTURALMENTE INCORRECTO

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

​DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

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

American Record Guide

“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

“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

“Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla...dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran...algo genial.”

Luis Andarcia, VENUE 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 Kicks Butt in Piazzolla! A wild and wonderful CD.”

THE ART MUSIC LOUNGE

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

TEXTURA

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

American Record Guide

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine

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

Classical Net

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

MusicWeb International

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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

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

South Florida Classical Review

“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

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

Gary Burton

“un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista”

REVISTA RITMO

“perfectly conceived”

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

“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

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

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

Fanfare Magazine 

“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”

ICMA

“Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.”

REVISTA DOCENOTAS

Recent Releases

Bach: Sei Solo
MOZART 16 SONATAS
Piazzolla: Legacy
Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo
SOLO
Mendelssohn Quintets
Schubert Duos
Schubert Sonatinas
DSQ Quartet live
Kenneth Fuchs
Glazunov & Franck
Danielpour: Quartets