Diana Cohen, violin


Diana Cohen

Performs in Theme and Variations on September 14 and Forward/Back on September 15

Diana Cohen, violinist, has a multifaceted career as a concertmaster, chamber musician, soloist, and arts administrator. Currently concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, Executive and Artistic Director of ChamberFest Cleveland, and violinist of Trio Terzetto, Ms. Cohen has previously served as concertmaster and appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony National Repertory Orchestra, Iris Orchestra and Red {an orchestra}, and has been guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Calgary, Rochester and Phoenix.

As soloist, Ms. Cohen has also appeared with Holland Symphony, Rochester Symphony, and the orchestras of Lansing, Valdosta and Hilton Head. She has performed regularly in concerts across the globe with the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Sejong Soloists, The Knights, and as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Ms. Cohen has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Ravinia Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Giverny, Great Lakes Festival, Perlman Chamber Music Program, Aspen as well as festivals in Maui, Dresden, Bennington, Saugatuck, Martha’s Vineyard and Gretna. Ms. Cohen has regularly collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Miro, Cleveland and Parker Quartets, as well as with renowned artists including Mitsuko Uchida, Garrick Ohlsson, Jonathan Biss and Kim Kashkashian.

Ms. Cohen’s solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Series was heard live on Chicago public radio. Recently, she and her father released a recording of Golijov’s “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.” Ms. Cohen is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, a recipient of the Jerome Gross Prize in violin, and a winner of the Milhaud competition. Her principal teachers were Donald Weilerstein, William Preucil, Paul Kantor and Joel Smirnoff.