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Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall London and throughout the following forty-five 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, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Robert Cohen has also collaborated in chamber music with many renowned soloists and ensembles such as Yehudi Menuhin, the Amadeus String Quartet (including their CD of Schubert Quintet on Deutsche Grammophon), Leonidas Kavakos, Krystian Zimerman and his long-term duo partner pianist Heini Kärkkäinen.

Photo: Martina Simkovicova

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, and has recorded extensively for BIS, BeArTon, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Sony and under long term contract to Decca.


Cohen is an inspirational teacher, giving masterclasses at Conservatoires throughout the world. He is Cello Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London and gives Performance and Preparation Lectures at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Cambridge and music festivals in Canada, China, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia and the USA. Cohen’s experience and fascination with helping musicians led him to form Cello Clinic - diagnosing and resolving physical and physiological performing issues.

Cohen’s monthly radio show 'On That Note’ is available from his website.

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