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Robert Cohen
British cellist, born London 1959

Educated:
Purcell School for Young Musicians, London 1969-74
Guildhall School of Music and Drama - graduated with postgraduate Diploma of Advanced Solo Studies 1975-77 (MA)

Cello studies:
William Pleeth
Jacqueline du Pré
André Navarra
Mstislav Rostropovich
Concerto début:
Royal Festival Hall, London at age 12 - Boccherini Concerto in B flat

Recital début:
Wigmore Hall, London at age 17

Recording début:
Elgar Concerto, age 19 - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Del Mar - EMI CfP

Awards and Prizes:
Suggia Prize for potential soloists - annually 1968-1972
Young Concert Artists, New York 1978
English Speaking Union scholarship to Tanglewood Festival USA - where awarded Piatigorsky Prize 1978
1st prize: Unesco International Competition, Czechoslovakia 1981
Silver Disc for Elgar Concerto recording 1990 - more than 1/4 million records sold to date
Robert Helpmann Award - Australia 2005
Who’s Who ‘High Flyer’ 2005
HonRAM - Royal Academy of Music, London 2009

Career:
Concerto performances world-wide with conductors:
Claudio Abbado, Antal Dorati, Sir Mark Elder, Mariss Jansons, Andrew Litton, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Roger Norrington, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Osmo Vanska, Sir Neville Marriner, Marin Alsop...

Chamber music performances world-wide, collaborating with:
Yehudi Menuhin, Amadeus String Quartet (and recording), Massimo Quarta, Thomas Zehetmair, Leonidas Kavakos, Krystian Zimerman and regular partner Heini Karkkainen. Member of Fine Arts Quartet from January 2012 to the present.

Masterclasses world-wide

Lectures:
The Art of Learning and Performing Music. 6 part series
Royal Academy of Music London 2015 & 2016
Accademia Perosi, Biella Italy. 2016
Edmonton Festival 2016

Radio:
Broadcasts of live and recorded performances world-wide.
Interviews and special feature programs world-wide.
Milwaukee Public Radio (NPR): ‘On That Note’ monthly series created for Cohen, 2014:-



Networked Television featuring Robert Cohen:
UK:
Thames TV three program series plus a documentary
BBC Omnibus documentary
BBC ‘Music in Camera’ Beethoven Sonata Series
BBC Stradivarius concert
BBC Elgar Concerto performance Live
BBC shows: Pebble Mill, Saturday Night at the Mill, World of Music, Richard Clayderman Show, etc
NBC Selina Scott show
BBC Newsnight documentary
BBC complete Bach Solo Sarabandes series
Soundwood film documentary
Australia: ABS: Documentary
Czech: Shostakovich Concerto
Finland: Documentary
Germany: Saint-Saens Concerto
Ireland: Schubert Quintet
Italy: Schumann Concerto
Japan: NHK: Haydn Concerto, NHK: Elgar Concerto
Netherlands: Boccherini Concerto
New Zealand: Documentary
Spain: Haydn Concertos and Symphony

HiBrow TV The Arts Online films
Charleston Manor Festival 2009 and 2010
London, UK, Kings Place - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov sonatas 2009
Fine Arts Quartet documentaries
Washington DC National Gallery of Art - Kreisler, Rachmaninov, Zimbalist - Fine Art Quartet
London, UK, Kings Place - Beethoven, Shostakovich, Glass, Schumann - Fine Art Quartet

Positions:
Artistic Director: Charleston Manor Festival - chamber music festival, UK 1989:-2011
Artistic Director: City of London Festival series ‘Les Six’ 2000
Director: International Artists in Residence series Bath International Festival 2000
Professor: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland 2000-2011
Visiting Professor: Royal Academy of Music London 1999-2008
Professor: Royal Academy of Music London 2009:-
Curator: HiBrow TV - The Arts Online 2010:-
Regular Contributor - WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, USA 2014:-
Professor Accademia Perosi, Italy High Performance Soloist Course 2016:-
Director: Strings Academy, UK wide social enterprise education academies. (Strings Foundation, in collaboration with Tim Henman Foundation and BECSlink). 2016

Discography:
Recordings for BIS, Decca, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Naxos.....
Elgar Cello Concerto - London Philharmonic / Del Mar
Dvorak Cello Concerto - London Philharmonic / Macal
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme - London Philharmonic -Macal
Beethoven Triple Concerto - Zimmerman/Manz, English Chamber Orchestra / Saraste
JS Bach complete Solo Suites
Dvorak complete Piano Trios - Cohen Trio
Schubert String Quintet - Amadeus String Quartet
Bliss Concerto - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Wordsworth
Britten complete Solo Suites
HK Gruber Cello Concerto - Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Gruber
Rodrigo Concierto en modo Galante - London Symphony Orchestra / Batiz
Grieg and Franck Sonatas - with pianist Roger Vignoles
Tchaikovsky Sextet Souvenir de Florence - Endellion String Quartet w. Tim Boulton
Virtuoso Cello Music - with pianist GeoffreyParsons
Sally Beamish Cello Concerto No.1 - Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Rudner
Walton Cello Concerto - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Litton
Elgar Cello Concerto - Royal Philharmonic / Mackerras
Morton Feldman Cello Concerto - New World Symphony / Tilson-Thomas
Howard Blake Cello Concerto 'Diversions' - Philharmonia Orchestra / Blake
Saint-Saens Piano Quartet, Piano Quintet and Barcarolle - Fine Arts Quartet, Ortiz
Lutoslawski Cello Concerto - Sinfonia Varsovia / Maksymiuk
Mozart Piano Concertos 20, 21 arr. Lachner - Fine Arts Quartet, Goldstein


Movie/Film music:
Cohen /Amadeus Quartet, Schubert Quintet: ‘Carrington’.


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