Sellotaiteilija, professori, cellist

Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall, London. During forty years of distinguished international career, Cohen 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), “A virtuoso of genius” (Nurnberg Nachrichten), “Robert Cohen is a divinely gifted cellist. Cohen is one of the few musicians, whose every tone speaks to people” (Keskisuomalainen, Finland).

Invited to perform concertos world-wide by conductors Claudio Abbado, Antal Dorati, Sir Mark Elder, Mariss Jansons, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Osmo Vanska. Notable collaborations in chamber music including Yehudi Menuhin, the Amadeus String Quartet (including their CD of Schubert Quintet on DGG), Menahem Pressler, Leonidas Kavakos and Krystian Zimerman and with his regular duo partner pianist Heini Kärkkäinen.

His musical education was also exceptional; early studies with William Pleeth, followed by Jacqueline du Pré, André Navarra and Mistislav Rostropovich. Robert Cohen won the Suggia Prize, Young Concert Artists (New York), Piatigorsky and Unesco International competitions and the English Speaking Union Scholarship to Tanglewood (USA).

Cohen is an inspirational teacher and has given masterclasses at Conservatoires throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published. From 2000-2012 Cohen was Professor of Advanced Solo Studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and in in 2010 became Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Robert Cohen made his recording debut at age 19 with the Elgar Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic (EMI) which earned a silver disc. He has recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and under long term contract to Decca. Several compositions have been written and dedicated to Cohen. Most recently Sally Beamish Cello Concerto No.2 ‘The Song Gatherer’.

Cohen has been the subject of many TV documentaries and has created special projects: ‘Les Six’ – poetry, literature and film for City of London Festival, ‘Collaborations’ for the Royal Ballet School, ‘Robert Cohen’s Cello Clinic’ and ‘Cohen Pod Talks’ At the invitation of film producer Don Boyd, Cohen became the curator of a classical music channel for HiBrow.TV.  In January 2012, Cohen became Cellist of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet.