Invited artists / Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen

ROBERT COHEN (violoncelle) made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall London and throughout the following forty years of his distinguished international career, has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. “It is easy to hear what the fuss is about, he plays like a God” (New York Stereo Review).

Invited to perform concertos world-wide by conductors Claudio Abbado, Antal Dorati, Sir Mark Elder, Mariss Jansons, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Osmo Vanska, Robert Cohen has also collaborated in chamber music with many renowned soloists and ensembles such as Yehudi Menuhin and the Amadeus String Quartet (including their CD of Schubert Quintet on Deutsche Grammophon), Menahem Pressler, Leonidas Kavakos and Krystian Zimerman.

Robert Cohen made his recording debut at age 19 with the Elgar Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic (EMI), which earned a silver disc for sales of more than 1/4 million, since when he has recorded extensively for BIS, BeArTon, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Sony and under long term contract to Decca.

Cohen studied with William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré, André Navarra and Mistislav Rostropovich. Cohen became an inspirational teacher and has given masterclasses and lectures world-wide. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

In addition to Cohen’s solo career, he directed the Charleston Manor Festival 1989-2012, was Cellist of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet 2011-2018, has a monthly radio show in the USA on WUWM entitled 'On That Note’, is curator of Highbrow.TV and runs Cello Clinic - resolving musicians’ physical and physiological performing issues.