Guest Artist Bio
- Performs in the Beethoven Festival
(Subscription Package): May 15-17, 2010.
- Beethoven Concerto No. 2: May 15, 2010
- Beethoven Concertos No. 1 & 4: May 16, 2010
- Beethoven Concertos No. 3 & 5: May 17, 2010
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. Highlights include engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
His return to the Oregon Symphony for these Beethoven Festival concerts follows his successful debut with the orchestra in February 2008, when he won wide critical and audience acclaim for his performance of Franz Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. The Oregonian praised him then as “a titanic talent with gorgeous tone and phenomenal technique.” This time he’ll take on an even more daunting challenge: all five of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concertos, plus the Triple Concerto, in three different concerts on consecutive nights.
Also this season, Cohen performs Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Concerto with the Seattle Symphony, the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony, and returns to London for performances with the London Philharmonic. In 2009, he recorded the Rachmaninoff First and Fourth Concertos with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, Yan Pascal Tortelier conducting, finishing his recording of the complete cycle of Rachmaninoff concertos and the Paganini Variations with the Sao Paulo Orchestra. Those recording will be released in the fall of 2010.
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. Cohen’s discography includes 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 critical accolades. He has also recorded for Vox and Naxos.
An artist of diverse interests and talents, Cohen began his musical studies at the age of 5. He graduated 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 violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra 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, England, 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, where he holds a piano professorship at Indiana University in Bloomington.