American pianist Jeffrey Cohen continues to draw international attention for the brilliance and artistry of his interpretations. Mr. Cohen has been praised by the New York Times for the “lucidity and poetry” of his playing.
Both as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Cohen’s performances have taken him to three different continents. Recitals include appearances for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, Mostly Music Series of Chicago, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the National Arts Center of Ottawa. In the summers, Mr. Cohen has been a faculty member or guest artist at major music festivals including Bowdoin, Waterloo, Musicorda, Orford, Summit, Texas Music Festival, Seoul Summer Music Camp, and the Beijing International Music Festival. He currently serves on the summer faculties of the MusicAlp International Academy of Music in France and the Duxbury Music Festival. Mr. Cohen’s debut compact disc, a collection of French chamber music, received critical acclaim in Fanfare magazine. He has performed for broadcasts on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the CBC Radio Network, Radio Canada, Radio France, and WQXR.
In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Cohen’s teaching gifts have established him as a leading piano pedagogue of his generation. His students have won prizes in major competitions and enjoy successful careers as teacher/performers. For more than twenty years, Mr. Cohen has been a piano professor and member of the artist faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he currently serves as Coordinator of Piano Master Classes and Departmental Competitions. He has given master classes at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, Boston University School of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Wilfrid Laurier University, and throughout China, Korea, and Taiwan.
A native of Tucson, Mr. Cohen studied at Indiana University, where he worked with noted pianist Menahem Pressler and received the coveted Battista Memorial Award. He is a past Laureate of the Beethoven Foundation and a prizewinner of the Sherman–Clay Steinway Piano Competition. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, violinist Lucie Robert.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1989.