Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as "an excellent violinist," Tomas Cotik ( is internationally recognized as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. Tomas was a first-prize winner at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, and the winner of the Government of Canada Award for 2003-2005. A former rotating concertmaster of the New World Symphony, and first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet, Tomas Cotik earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. He also holds a Bachelor and Master in Music from the Freiburg University of Music in Germany and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During his studies he undertook research into Piazzollaʼs and Schubert’s music. Mr. Cotik‘s recording of Franz Schubert’s complete works for violin and piano was released by Centaur Records to rave reviews and was broadcast all over the country by American Public Media. Other recent discography includes an album of music by Astor Piazzolla for violin and piano and recordings as a member of the Delray String Quartet. Tomas Cotik is currently working on a recording of Mozart’s complete sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Tao Lin. 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 at important venues including Carnegie Hall. He has also participated in extensive chamber music collaborations and worked closely with renowned musicians including members of the Cleveland, Miami, Pro Arte, Bergonzi, Vogler, Vermeer, Tokyo and Endellion String Quartets. Tomas Cotik is represented by Lisa Sapinkopf Artist Management.

Next Concerts

January 23rd, 2020 at 12 PM

Lincoln Hall 75, PSU

February 08th, 2020 at 7 PM

Lincoln Recital Hall. PSU

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


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

American Record Guide

“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”


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

Robert W. Plyer, THE OBSERVER

“true of the latest gems to emerge from the season”

John Terauds – Musical Toronto

“uplifting quality”

MusicWeb International

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


“urgently recommended”

Fanfare Magazine

“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“a treat from start to finish”

Musical Toronto

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

South Florida Classical Review

“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.”


“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

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


“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

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


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

Audio Video Club of Atlanta

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


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

Fanfare 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”


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


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

Gary Burton

“conviction, commitment, diplomacy and character”

The Strad

“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”


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


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

Classical Net

“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”


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

Gramophone Magazine

“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”


“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

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


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

American Record Guide

“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

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

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.”


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

Julia Amacher – American Public Media

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

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

“among the very best Piazzolla albums”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

“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.”


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


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


“My first chamber choice for the year.   ”

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL Recordings Of The Year 2013

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


“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”

Fanfare Magazine

“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before....Cotik handles it beautifully, with tremendous clarity of line and evenness of tone”


“Un disco ideal”


“perfectly conceived”

Fanfare Magazine

“an excellent violinist”

Michael Tilson Thomas

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

MusicWeb International

“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”

The Washington Post

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

Fanfare Magazine

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

Maria Nockin – Fanfare 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

“Editor's Picks”


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


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

Classical Net

“brilliant Argentinean violinist”

David Denton for David’s Review Corner

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

Fanfare Magazine

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


“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”

MusicWeb International

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


“phenomenal technique”

Musical Toronto

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


“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

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

Fanfare Magazine 

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

MusicWeb International

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


“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”

The Palm Beach Arts Paper

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

American Record Guide

“outstanding from the very beginning”

Fanfare Magazine



“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”

The Strad

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


“excellent style, which is not frequently found”

Daniel Binelli



Solo Violin Recital

Sample program

Telemann: Fantasia in B-flat major

     I. Largo

     II. Allegro

     III. Grave

     IV. Si replica l’Allegro

Telemann: Fantasia in B minor

     I. Siciliana 

     II. Vivace

     III. Allegro

Telemann: Fantasia in D major

     I. Presto

     II. Largo

     III. Allegro

Bach: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major

     I. Adagio

     II. Fuga

     III. Largo

     IV. Allegro assai

Schubert: Ländler

     9 Ländler in D major, D.370

     11 Ländler in B-flat major, D.374

     8 Ländler in F-sharp minor, D.355

     2 Ländler in A major and E major, D.640

Piazzolla: Tango Études 

     I. Tango Étude N° 1. Décidé

     II. Tango Étude N° 2. Anxieux et rubato

     III. Tango Étude N° 3. Molto marcato e ene

     IV. Tango Étude N° 4. Lento-Meditativo

     V. Tango Étude N° 5

     VI. Tango Étude N° 6. Avec anx



Bach: Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Bach: Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

Bach: Double Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043

Beethoven:Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Beethoven: Romance No. 1 in G major, Op. 40

Beethoven:Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50

Brahms: Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Bruch: Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Dvořák: Romance, Op.11

Haydn: Concerto No. 1 in C major

Haydn: Concerto No. 4 in G major

Harrison: Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21

Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Mozart: Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211

Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216

Mozart: Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Piazzolla: Ave Maria, Libertango, Oblivion

Ravel: Tzigane

S-Saëns: Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

S-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Sarasate: Navarra for two violins and orchestra

Schubert: Rondo in A major, D. 438

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons