19 de fevereiro de 2008

Arnaldo Cohen

Sob a batuta do maestro Adriano Machado o pianista Arnaldo Cohen executou o Concerto Imperador de Beethoven
Arnaldo Cohen

Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen enjoys an increasingly successful career that has taken him to the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome under such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Wolfgang Sawallish.

Cohen’s recent North American performances have spanned the United States from Oregon to Florida and from Texas to Wisconsin. Highlights include engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His demand as a recitalist continues with appearances at prestigious concert series including a critically acclaimed performance at New York’s Town Hall. His 2007-2008 engagements included a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra, Milwaukee, Seattle and Utah Symphony, among others, and in addition to recital engagements in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. In 08-09 he performs Beethoven 4th Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony and returns in recital to San Francisco, Philadelphia, Quebec, Portland, and Toledo.

Cohen came to prominence after winning First Prize at the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition and making his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For five years he was a member of the acclaimed Amadeus Trio and has performed with many string quartets, including the Lindsay and Chillingirian Quartets. He is a frequent recording artist, with recent discs including a 2007 rendering of the two Liszt Piano Concertos and the “Totentanz” with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra for BIS Records. His other two CDs on the same label, an all-Liszt solo and his pioneering CD, “Three Centuries of Brazilian Music”, have also generated accolades by critics. He has also recorded for Vox and Naxos.

An artist of diverse interests and talents, Cohen began his musical studies at the age of five, graduating from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while also studying for an engineering degree. He went on to become a professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra to earn his livelihood while continuing piano studies with Jacques Klein, a disciple of the legendary American pianist William Kapell. Cohen pursued further training in Vienna with Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber.

Cohen is the recipient of an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and until recently held a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After living in London for 23 years, he recently relocated to the United States with his wife Ann, where he holds a piano professorship at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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