"[James Dillon’s music has] a surprisingly ingratiating harmonic palette, as was revealed in two piano miniatures Charm and dragonfly, brilliantly played by Ed Cohen -- "

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph (BBC Proms debut)

"At the heart of the programme lay two Dillon miniatures ... which featured music of an almost exquisite delicacy, beautifully etched by pianist Ed Cohen who played them with a Debussyan sensitivity to the colour and sonority of the music."

Michael Tumelty, the Herald

"DIGITAL DEXTERITY
Haydn's G major piano trio no 39 with the Gipsy Rondo finale........ Edward Cohen's crisp and detailed piano playing brought sparkling virtuosity to the opening Allegro and the limpid slow movement, and fiery passion to the finale.
Beethoven's 'Ghost' Trio ........ Again the virtuosity of the piano part, intended by the composer to show off his own digital dexterity, dominates the texture, and Edward Cohen rose to the challenge with a bravura display of pianistic fireworks.
Mendelssohn's D minor Trio opus 49...... Mendelssohn seems determined to outdo the demands on keyboard players by writing a piano part of simply stunning complexity and rapidity. Edward Cohen's fingers were fairly flying over the keyboard as the group's choice of generally brisk tempi tested his technique to the extreme. However, Cohen's skills and the two string players' musicality and melodic sense led to a triumphant performance of Mendelssohn's remarkable music.
In addition to delighting us with his keyboard prowess, Edward Cohen had taken a leap into the future by reading his part from an i-pad, obviating the need for a page turner. He made this digital add-on look easy, although I was amazed that he was able to read the small print and also to find time in the cascades of notes in the Mendelssohn to flick forward the pages."

Michael Barnett, Music Nairn (concert with Beinn Artair Trio)

Edward Cohen / pianist/accompanist

Edward Cohen is a first class graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize-winning student. Additionally, he has studied at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is an alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy.

Edward holds two MMus degrees with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is a lecturer in piano in both the senior and junior departments. He has won the conservatoire’s most prestigious prizes in both solo and chamber music performance, including the Governor’s Keyboard Recital Prize and the Piano Accompaniment Prize.

Charles-Valentin Alkan – Op. 39 No. 12 Le Festin D’Esope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSIvV8OqNgU

Edward has studied with some of the world’s finest pianists, including Rolf Hind, Kathryn Stott, Yevgeny Sudbin, Martino Tirimo, André Watts, and Lilya Zilberstein. He collaborates frequently with leading composers and has recently worked with Sally Beamish, James Dillon, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Charlotte Seither, and Elliott Schwartz.

Beyond his native Europe, Edward’s recital activity has taken him to India, Russia, the Far East, and across the USA, including a performance in the presence of HM The Queen. He has twice been featured on BBC Radio 3 as a soloist at the BBC Proms.

Cyril Scott: Lotus Land op. 47 no. 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIjjIaJJwcY

A keen chamber musician, he frequently performs with the Artisan and Beinn Artair Trios, the Barony and Red Note Ensembles, Daniel’s Beard, and Scozzesi. He has performed under the baton of conductors including Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Eötvös, Peter Oundjian, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and recent concerto engagements have included Alkan’s Concerto No. 3, Beethoven’s ‘Choral Fantasy’, de Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2, and Richard Strauss’ ‘Burleske’. Concerto appearances in the 2016/17 season will include works by Beethoven and Shostakovich

Vladimir Horowitz: Variations on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6OOyi9BjlA

Edward is the pianist for the chorus and junior chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and he has worked regularly with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus He has accompanied masterclasses given by Nicola Benedetti, Karen Cargill, Malcolm Martineau, János Starker, and David Watkin.

In his current home country Edward has appeared on stage as a soloist in all the major performance venues, including the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and the City Halls and Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

 

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