Two College of the Arts professors have received the inaugural Dean’s Council Award For Research, Scholarship & Creativity: Tomás Cotik (Music) and Kristin Lené Hole (Film).
The $2,000 award, funded by the College of the Arts Dean’s Council through the Dean's Fund for Opportunities and Excellence, recognizes faculty members who demonstrate significant contributions to research, scholarship and/or creative activity at the national or international level.
“Research is an essential part of the creative process,” says Leroy Bynum, Jr., dean of the College of the Arts. “Through their outstanding scholarship and creative performance, Professors Hole and Cotik contribute mightily to our understanding of the world and humanity’s place within it.”
Assistant Professor Tomás Cotik has released seven new violin recordingsin the past three years, garnering international attention and reviews. Four months after its release, his recording of Mozart’s 16 Sonatas had been streamed over 1.5 million times on Spotify. This enthusiastic response speaks to the emotional vibrancy he brings to classical music, both in recordings and live performance.
Noting his active performance schedule and demonstrated commitment to teaching, the selection committee wrote that Cotik “exemplifies an especially compelling combination of concern for the nature of performance and masterful practice.”
Ombra Musici, (English translation: Musician's Shadow), is an interdisciplinary work of “massive media.” In the frame of the Portland Winter Light Festival 2019, on February 7th, 8th, 9th from 6 pm to 10 pm, the facade of the PSU library will become a canvas for the projected silhouette of different PSU music professors. Spectators passing by and congregating in front of the building will hear the music through loudspeakers and see the moving silhouette projected on the full height of the building.
Ombra Musici will feature the solo performances of several faculty members of the Portland State University School of Music: Tomas Cotik (violin), Barbara Heilmair (clarinet), Susan Chan (piano), and Joel Bluestone (timpani). The silhouettes of these solo performers will be amplified to building size, bringing the normally static wall of the library to life. Through this public exhibition the Ombra Musici embodies the spirt of Portland State University’s motto “Let knowledge serve the city.”
Authors: Dr. Tomas Cotik and Dr. Dave Colangelo. Production: Hasan Mahmood, Bode Smith, and Dr. Tomas Cotik.
The recording of Mozart 16th Sonatas has had over 1,3 Million streams on Spotify!
My new article on Alexander Technique was published on the December issue of The Strad.
Our Piazzolla recording "Legacy" was nominated for the International Classical Music Awarsds 2018 in the chmaber music catergory. The disc also received the 'Supersonic' award from Luxemburg's 'Pizzicato' and has received excellent reviews.
Naxos will release on 10/13/2017 my new CD: Piazzolla 'LEGACY'
Following a national search, the School of Music at Portland State University has selected Tomas Cotik to join its outstanding faculty as an Assistant Professor of Violin.
“Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik”
“wonderful album…impressive for the elegance and sensitivity of the interpretations”
“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”
“violinist Tomas Cotik is always up for a new challenge”
“Cotik phrases this music with such feeling, making you wonder if it could possibly sound better in any other performance.”
“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del admirable violinista”
“I highly commend Mr. Cotik for his innovative interpretations and I hope many future audiences will experience his musical excellence”
“Un disco ideal”
“I find the Cotik and Lin performances most interesting and the sound on their disc is excellent”
“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”
“I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke”
“absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility”
“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”
“intelligent and sensitive...glories in...colorations and shared emphasis”
“recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings”
“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”
“brilliant Argentinean violinist”
“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”
“bemerkenswert, kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen...auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”
“exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.”
“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.”
“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before....Cotik handles it beautifully, with tremendous clarity of line and evenness of tone”
“an excellent violinist”
“Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.”
“Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla...dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran...algo genial.”
“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded”
“un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista”
“a first-rate set of these of Mozart sonatas”
“there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording ”
“un violinista excelente... que recoge una forma rigurosa, natural y fuera de lo común de entender e interpretar la música”
“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”
“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”
“I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person”
“Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”
“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”
“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”
“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”
“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”
“should leave listeners almost breathless…a vibrancy and attention to detail...strong individuality and… vitality”
“ There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin...a most rewarding Mozart cycle”
“conviction, commitment, diplomacy and character”
“Supersonic Award winner. Tomas Cotik’s Piazzolla is carnal, passionate and nowhere easy-going. Together with his group he has produced a riveting CD.”
“una nueva forma de mirar, entender y percibir la música de diferentes épocas”
“this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it.”
“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.”
““Legacy” es, sin dudas, un álbum para emocionarse y escuchar continuamente. Excelencia pura. Imprescindible!”
“outstanding from the very beginning”
“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”
“a treat from start to finish”
“This is an excellent recital. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. ”
“this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”
“If you love the solo violin, you won't find a better recording to suit your tastes”
“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, but also as creative mind.”
“a musician who prepares thoroughly and has great respect for the music he performs”
“My first chamber choice for the year. ”
“Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente”
“Cotik makes Kreisler seem almost smarmy, Isabelle Faust almost mannered, and Julia Fischer as though she's filed down the detail”
“One imagines the Nuevo tango master would be as captivated as any listener by such exquisite performances.”
“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp”
“true treasure...one of the latest gems to emerge from the season”
“excellent violin playing...extremely enjoyable interpretations of music that I love”
“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”
“excellent style, which is not frequently found”
“Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla! A wild and wonderful CD.”
“The technical qualities of the recording - which is on the NAXOS label, by the way - are excellent.”
“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well ”
“Anche nell’interpretazione delle sonate di Mozart si evidenziano l’ottima cavata e la perfetta tecnica di Cotik negli staccati particolarmente brillanti.”
“among the very best Piazzolla albums”
“clarity and tonal opulence rare in recordings of violin music”
“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”