Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as ‘an excellent violinist’, Tomás Cotik 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 2003–05. An avid recording artist, Cotik is currently involved in more than 14 recordings for Naxos and Centaur Records, which have received over a hundred reviews and the highest praise from some of the best-known publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, Downbeat and MusicWeb International. A former rotating concertmaster with the New World Symphony and a leader with various other orchestras in the United States and abroad, Cotik has performed with internationally prominent conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado, Yakov Kreizberg, Marin Alsop, Stéphane Denève, Roger Norrington and Robert Spano, in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall. Tomás Cotik has performed hundreds of recitals and chamber music concerts across the globe. He has worked closely with artists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Franklin Cohen and members of the Cleveland, Miami, Pro Arte, Vogler, Vermeer, Tokyo and Endellion string quartets. Tomás Cotik earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Freiburg University of Music in Germany and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Committed to passing on his passion for music, he 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.