Jeff Cohen

Pianist and Teacher

Pianist and composer, Jeff Cohen (born in Baltimore) pursues a career where various repertoires and genres typically kept separate intertwine. He performs with numerous artists such as Roberto Alagna, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli, Yann Beuron, Jane Birkin, Tassis Christoyannis, Karine Deshayes, Elsa Dreisig, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Véronique Gens, Isabelle Georges, Angela Gheorghiu, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Sumi Jo, Aleksandra Kurzak, Steve Lacy, François Le Roux, Noël Lee, Ute Lemper, Blanca Li, Mady Mesplé, Didier Sandre…

He has recorded several albums, including the complete works of R. Hahn, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Godard with T. Christoyannis with the Palazetto Bru-Zane; a live recital at La Scala with A.Gheorghiu; melodies by Duparc, Fauré, Hahn, Gounod, Lœffler with F.LeRoux; lieder by Mozart on the pianoforte with V. Dietschy; the works of Vieuxtemps and sonatas by Mendelssohn and Hummel for viola and piano with P.Lénert; cabaret songs by K.Weill with U.Lemper; songs by Korngold with I.Georges; fado songs with Luisa Cruz…

He works as a répétiteur on opera recordings with conductors such as Bertrand de Billy, Mark Elder, Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson, Michel Plasson, and George Solti.

He has been a répétiteur at the Opéra de la Monnaie in Brussels, a professor at the Ecole d’Art Lyrique of the Opéra de Paris, musical director at the Théâtre du Châtelet, and advisor at the Bibliothèque nationale de France for a series of concerts on French melody.

Jeff Cohen conducted the orchestra for « The Threepenny Opera » staged by G. Strehler at the Théâtre du Châtelet, assisted M.-W. Chung for « Otello » at the Opéra de la Bastille, collaborated with P. Chéreau for « Hamlet » and « Lucio Silla ». He performed in « Impressions of Pelléas » by P. Brook and with F. Ardant in « Masterclass », directed by R. Polanski. He was the musical director for « Street Scene » by K. Weill with the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de la Bastille. He toured with choreographer B. Li in her show « The Garden of Delights ».

Jeff Cohen studied piano with Leon Fleisher, Reine Gianoli, and Peter Feuchtwanger. He currently resides in Paris, where he teaches Lied and melody at the Conservatoire National.

He composes music for stage and film (N. Lvovsky, C. Klapisch, C. Serreau among others). He conceived and hosted a children’s program, « Jeff d’orchestre », on French television.

Jeff Cohen was appointed Commander of Arts and Letters in 2019.

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