Study Violin with Tomas Cotik

LESSONS, MASTERCLASSES & PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Tomas Cotik was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University in 2016. He previously taught at West Texas A&M University, Florida International University, and at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Committed to passing on his passion for music, Tomas Cotik regularly provides master classes, lectures, and presentations around the globe. Recent masterclasses and residencies were held at Ithaca College, California State University Northridge, West Virginia University, California State University, Fresno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of New Mexico, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Jerusalem University Har Hazofim among many others.  Dr. Cotik also gave presentations at TMEA in San Antonio, the College Music Society international convention in Buenos Aires, and at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Tampa. In the work with his students, Tomas emphasizes a natural approach to the instrument, providing tools to avoid physical tensions. His recent articles on this philosophy and other topics were published by The Strad. His ultimate goal is to guide his students so that they cultivate, develop, and further their individual artistic visions and professional dreams. Another emphasis as a mentor is guiding his students to develop career tools that will help them succeed as performers in the 21st century. As violin professor at PSU Dr. Cotik maintains a high level of international students from US, China, Japan, South America and Easter Europe. He also accepts a limited number of private violin students.

“...current activities ...demonstrate the significant contributions to music and education he is already doing in this country.”

Michael Tilson Thomas

Upcoming Presentations

April 28th, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Fir 113 - Capilano University, Vancouver

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April 29th, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Fir 113 - Capilano University, Vancouver, BC

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Video Tutorials

STUDENTS

Testimonies

“Professor Cotik consistently demonstrates his passion for teaching by tailoring to the individual student's immediate needs and long term career goals”

Viet Block, Master Student at PSU

“Studying with Prof. Cotik has helped me build more confidence in my playing and actually liking the sound I produce on my instrument”

Hunter Haynes, Junior Student at PSU

“His ability to discover solutions and create personalized exercises to overcome technical challenges is unparalleled--Tomas' teaching is boundlessly creative”

Patricia Jancova, Former Student at the University of Miami

“Dr. Cotik's unyielding work ethic and subsequent success as an artist and educator is inspiring and motivating for his students”

Patricia Jancova, Former Student at the University of Miami

“Tomas is a passionate teacher who is committed to helping you cultivate and achieve your musical and professional goals ”

Patricia Jancova, Former Student at the University of Miami

“Dr.Cotik is an excellent violinist and teacher. His teaching  approach helped me to understand how to practice more effectively. I am so glad I can study with him at PSU!”

Shawn Wu, Master Student at PSU

“what I found most impactful of his teaching, was the attention to the importance of how we use our bodies while playing. Achieving your most beautiful sound consisted of teaching your body to release any tension and learning to play effortlessly  ”

Yesenia Campos Wong, Former student at West Texas A&M University

“He doesn't pretend he has all the right answers but he gives me choices so that I can discover a personal solution.”

Tetyana Zlatova, Junior student at PSU

“Amazing violinist and teacher. Some of the most beautiful playing I have heard.”

Ambrose Philipek, Freshman student at PSU

“Dr. Cotik is a phenomenal violinist who has a profound understanding and patience with his students. Practicing has become much more efficient, fun and productive. I feel more confident when performing  ”

Shion Yamakawa, Masters student at PSU

“Tomás has a genuine interest in his students' progress. He is dedicated to teaching as much as he is to playing the violin”

Tetyana Zlatova, Junior student at PSU

“Tomás Cotik believes that each student, no matter where they are at, can make a significant progress given the right tools which he provides without fail.”

Tetyana Zlatova, Junior student at PSU

Videos

Published Articles

American String Teacher Journal, May 2017

American String Teacher Journal, May 2017

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PR SKILLS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS - In a successful ensemble, not only do musicians need to spend countless hours mastering their instruments and improving their ensemble playing, they also need to be entrepreneurial, media savvy, and their own managers and promoters—in other words, able to deal with a variety of non-musical endeavors.


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Gran Pausa, March 2017

Gran Pausa, March 2017

Ejercicios para desarollar la relajacion y naturalidad al tocar. Parte 2


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GRAn Pausa, March 2017

GRAn Pausa, March 2017

EJERCICIOS PARA DESARROLLAR LA RELAJACIÓN Y NATURALIDAD AL TOCAR (I)

El profesor de la Universidad Estatal de Portland Tomas Cotik nos ofrece una introduccion a las sensaciones cinesteticas y nos muestra algunos ejercicios.


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National Association for Music Education, March 2017

National Association for Music Education, March 2017

Developing a Natural and Relaxed Approach to String Playing – Part 1


Portland State University professor Dr. Tomas Cotik gives an introduction to kinesthetic feelings and demonstrates techniques and exercises.


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National Association for Music Education, March 2017

National Association for Music Education, March 2017

Developing a Natural and Relaxed Approach to String Playing – Part 2


Portland State University professor Dr. Tomas Cotik gives an introduction to kinesthetic feelings and demonstrates techniques and exercises.


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The Strad, Febr. 2017

The Strad, Febr. 2017

Developing a natural and relaxed approach to string playing. Part 2


Portland State University professor Dr Tomas Cotik gives an introduction to kinesthetic feelings and demonstrates techniques and exercises


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The Strad, Febr. 2017

The Strad, Febr. 2017

Developing a natural and relaxed approach to string playing. Part 1


Portland State University professor Dr Tomas Cotik gives an introduction to kinesthetic feelings and demonstrates techniques and exercises


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The Chorda, Febr. 2017

The Chorda, Febr. 2017

Newsletter of the Oregon American String Teachers Association

Reviews of Alexander Technique workshop and masterclass


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Deviolines, Febr. 2017

Deviolines, Febr. 2017

Desarrollando una manera natural y relajada de tocar el violín.


El objetivo de los siguientes ejercicios es ayudar a que los estudiantes experimenten nuevas sensaciones cinestésicas. Estos ejemplos prácticos permiten a los estudiantes identificar hábitos subconscientes y relajar tensiones.


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National Association for Music Education, February. 2017

National Association for Music Education, February. 2017

This article covers a wide array of techniques and simple ways in which performers of all levels can achieve a more natural approach to instrumental playing by improving ease and freedom of movement.


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Doctoral Dissertation

Doctoral Dissertation

Aspects of Interpretation in Franz Schubert’s Music for Violin and Piano: Duo in A major, Op. posth. 162, D. 754, Rondo in B minor, Op. 70, D. 895, and Fantasia in C Major, Op. posth. 159, D. 934


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Violinist.com, Jan. 2017

Violinist.com, Jan. 2017

Some in-depth and well-researched ideas about interpreting the works of Franz Schubert, from violinist Tomas Cotik


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National Association for Music Education, Nov. 2016

National Association for Music Education, Nov. 2016

Advice for Travelling String Players. Dr. Tomas Cotik shares personal anecdotes and tips from his life as a travelling violinist. Article originally posted on The Strad


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Violinist.com, Oct. 2016

Violinist.com, Oct. 2016

World Premiere of Solo Violin Works by Franz Schubert


During the research for my recording of Schubert's complete works for violin and piano, I discovered his Ländlers for violin. It was an immense joy for me to record these largely unknown and unrecorded pieces, whose autographs are at the City Library (Stadtbibliothek) in Vienna.


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Gran Pausa, Sept. 2016

Gran Pausa, Sept. 2016

El Dr. Tomás Cotik comparte anécdotas personales y consejos de su vida como violinista viajero.


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Deviolines, Sept. 2016

Deviolines, Sept. 2016

Consejos para músicos de cuerda en los viajes


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The Strad, Sept. 2016

The Strad, Sept. 2016

Advice for travelling string players


Dr Tomas Cotik shares personal anecdotes and tips from his life as a travelling violinist


Much of the time, the day-to-day existence of a travelling musician is just a little bit less glamorous than we would initially think: taking planes at ridiculous hours, dealing with security lines at the airport, carrying luggage from one place to the next, dealing with reservations, car rentals, and — last but not least — an instrument that might not yet be adjusted to a different climate.


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Deviolines, Aug. 2016

Deviolines, Aug. 2016

El Doctor Tomás Cotik hace una demostración de este golpe de arco y nos enseña algunas técnicas y ejercicios.


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THE STRAD, July 2016

THE STRAD, July 2016

Mastering up-bow and down-bow staccato. Dr Tomas Cotik gives an introduction to the bow stroke and demonstrates techniques and exercises.


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De Violines, Apr. 2016

De Violines, Apr. 2016

Hace tiempo que oigo hablar de la Técnica Alexander aplicada a la práctica instrumental, casi siempre de forma positiva, así que tenía ganas de conocer un poco más acerca de sus fundamentos y características. Así que ya era hora de aprender un poco mas acerca la Técnica Alexander, y para ello me he ayudado de la experiencia y conocimientos del profesor Tomás Cotik, docente en la University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and Florida International University, autor de varios discos, miembro en importantes orquestas y cuartetos de cuerda, así como miembro del dúo Cotik/Lin.


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Gran Pausa, Apr. 2016

Gran Pausa, Apr. 2016

El Dr Tomas Cotik nos introduce en el método y nos  muestra algunas técnicas y ejercicios.


Este artículo cubre una amplia gama de técnicas sencillas con las que músicos de todos los niveles pueden lograr un enfoque más natural para la ejecución instrumental, mejorando y facilitando su libertad de movimiento. Practicando estos ejercicios se puede refinar y aumentar la sensibilidad cinestésica que ofrece al artista un control fluido y dinámico, mejorando el rendimiento y ayudando a evitar tensiones innecesarias, dolor y lesiones potenciales.


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THE Strad, Febr. 2016

THE Strad, Febr. 2016

How effective is a modern violin and Baroque bow in period performance?


Dr Tomas Cotik, violin soloist, Amernet String Quartet member and professor at the University of Miami, performs the Largo from Bach’s Violin Sonata no.3 on his modern violin and a Baroque bow. He describes his decision to use this combination for the recording below: ‘I usually play a modern instrument and a Sartory bow, but after much deliberation, I recently chose to record the Gallant and Baroque pieces by Telemann and Bach for my solo violin album with a Baroque bow. Before doing this recording, I had experimented for several years switching back and forth between a Baroque bow and my more modern Sartory bow (ca. 1893/94) when playing Baroque repertoire. Finally, on the recording date, only after listening to the sound samples, I decided which bow to use for this album. I enjoyed the expressive potential of the Baroque bow, the transparent textures, and the effortlessness with which it went ‘around the curves’, changing strings and direction with ease. The ability to differentiate subtle nuances at the beginning and end of each stroke and the subsequent numerous possibilities of connection between those notes appealed to me as well. The Baroque bow naturally helped me interpret the music and avoid wrong accents in this repertoire. Furthermore, it allowed for a lighter sound, quicker, more flowing tempi, and lively articulations.’


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The Strad, Febr. 2016

The Strad, Febr. 2016

Elements of Alexander Technique: discovering a natural approach to string playing


Dr Tomas Cotik gives an introduction to the method and demonstrates techniques and exercises.


This article covers a wide array of techniques and simple ways in which performers of all levels can achieve a more natural approach to instrumental playing by improving ease and freedom of movement. Practising these exercises will refine and heighten kinesthetic sensitivity offering the performer a control which is fluid and lively, enhancing performance and helping avoid unnecessary tension, pain, and potential injuries.


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