Portland State University
Committed to passing on his passion for music, Dr. Tomas Cotik was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University in 2016, 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. He previously taught at West Texas A&M University, Florida International University, and at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In the work with his students, Tomas emphasizes a natural approach to the instrument, providing tools to avoid unnecessary physical tensions. His numerous articles on this philosophy, on the interpretation of Bach’s music and string pedagogy were published by The Strad, the American String Teacher Association Journal, American Music Teacher Magazine, and the National Association for Music Education Magazine.
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. Strongly recommended” “Cotik and Lin 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.”