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Introducing Artist VIP

Diana Cohen - Concertmaster of the Calgary Symphony (Canada)  - acclaimed pedagogue and Chamber Musician and Soloist -  Director of the ChamberFest Cleveland with Inaugural Season 23 - June - 1 July 2-12



                  Praised for her “incredible flair, maturity and insight,” violinist Diana Cohen was appointed concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in September 2011. She previously served as concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra while maintaining an active freelance career in New York City, and was also concertmaster of Charleston Symphony, a position she held for three seasons. In that time, she performed as soloist with the symphony on ten occasions with works from Mozart to John Corigliano. She has held the same position with The National Repertory Orchestra, Iris Orchestra and Red {an orchestra}, and has been guest concertmaster with The Rochester Philharmonic and the Phoenix Symphony. She has performed regularly in concerts in New York and across the globe with the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The International Sejong Soloists, The Knights, and as a substitute at the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has also appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, Valdosta Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony and Red {an orchestra}. She was concertmaster of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, principal second of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and has been rotating principal of the Iris Chamber orchestra since its inaugural season. Recently, Diana’s solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Series was heard live on Chicago public radio.

               A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Cohen has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, The Chamber Music Festival of Giverny, France, The Perlman Chamber Music Program, Aspen and Piccolo Spoleto as well as festivals in Maui, Dresden, Bennington, Saugatuck, Martha’s Vineyard and Gretna. She has also been a participant in The American String Project. Ms. Cohen has appeared in chamber concerts with members of the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall and has performed on faculty concerts at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Cohen has regularly collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets, as well as with renowned artists including Mitsuko Uchida, Kim Kashkashian, Gilbert Kalish and many others. She has also played regularly with her family; Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen, Alexander Cohen, principal timpanist, and her late mother, bassoonist Lynette Diers Cohen. Works have been commissioned for the Cohen family quartet. Recently, Diana and her father released a CD of Osvoldo Golijov’s “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” for clarinet and string quartet.

               Ms. Cohen is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was the recipient of the 2000 Jerome Gross Prize in violin and a winner of the Darius Milhaud competition. Her principal teachers were Donald Weilerstein, William Preucil and Paul Kantor and Joel Smirnoff.
Diana’s solo and chamber performances have been heard on radio stations across the country. Many of her performances from the Marlboro Music Festival have been broadcast on New York’s WQXR. She can also be heard on recordings with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

              In addition to her performance career, Ms. Cohen is a devoted teacher. Many of her students have won national awards. She has worked extensively in public schools and has served on the preparatory chamber music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Agendas and Performance and Teaching Philosophy

Message from Diana Cohen





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Activities Past and Future

ChamberFest Cleveland Directors Franklin Cohen (Cleveland Orchestra Solo Clarinetist) and Director Diane Cohen



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