BM, Oberlin College
Coordinator, winds and percussion program. Active as both a soloist and chamber performer throughout the U.S. and around the world, Steve Cohen is the former principal clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic. Cohen joined the New Orleans Symphony in 1975 and remained as principal clarinet with its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic, through May 2004. He was featured as concerto soloist with that orchestra many times and has also been featured as concerto soloist at the Brevard Music Center, where he has played and continues to play principal clarinet each summer since 1979. In the summer of 2010, he was featured as soloist on the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He has toured in the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater and throughout Europe as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He maintains an active yearly solo, chamber music, and master class schedule and has performed solo recitals and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Korea and China. In April of 2010, he performed and gave master classes in Beijing, China, and throughout Taiwan. In August of 2009, he performed at the ICA convention in Porto, Portugal, and was guest artist and teacher at the International Music Course in Guimaraes, Portugal, returning in September of 2011.
Professor Cohen was guest artist and master class clinician with the Seoul Philharmonic Clarinet Festival and, on many occasions, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. He has performed at ICA clarinet conventions and the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. Since moving to Chicago in 2005, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera, as principal clarinet with the Music of the Baroque Orchestra, and has performed in chamber music groups throughout the Chicago area, including the Chicago Chamber Musicians. In the winter of 2007, he returned to Korea and conducted a week of master classes in Seoul, and in the summer of 2007, he performed recitals and conducted master classes at the China International Clarinet Festival in Beijing, China.
In the summers of 2006-2008, he was on the faculty of the Aria International Summer Institute. He has participated as guest faculty at the Indiana University clarinet workshops, taught as guest faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Southern California. Professor Cohen is a former faculty member at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Louisiana State University. He is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. He was a host of the ICA 2001 convention in New Orleans and has written many articles for the Clarinet magazine.
Born and raised in New York City, he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a clarinet and piano major. Professor Cohen's clarinet teachers at Oberlin included Loren Kitt and Larry McDonald. He studied for a year with Karl Leister in Berlin and subsequently with Robert Marcellus in Cleveland and Chicago.