Charlie Albright

  Nareh Arghamanyan

  Fabio Bidini

  Rafal Blechacz

  Arnaldo Cohen

  Vladimir Feltsman

  Benjamin Grosvenor

  Paavali Jumppanen

  Alexander Melnikov

  Jon Nakamatsu

  Natasha Paremski

  Roman Rabinovich

  Mitsuko Uchida

  Joyce Yang

Arnaldo Cohen


Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen has a reputation for astonishing audiences with the musical authority and blistering virtuosity of his performances.  His graceful and unaffected platform manner belies playing of white-hot intensity, intellectual probity, and glittering bravura technique bordering on sheer wizardry.  He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome under such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Wolfgang Sawallish.

Long in demand internationally, Mr. Cohen has in the last decade entered a rarefied echelon among performers in America as well.  His performances in recent seasons have spanned the United States and Canada geographically, including appearances with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Recital appearances regularly include important venues in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto, among other music centers.

Arnaldo 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. He began his musical studies at the age of five, graduating 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 professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra to earn his livelihood 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.

His recent discs including a rendering of the Liszt and Rachmaninov Piano Concerti with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. Other critically acclaimed CDs, also on the BIS label, are an all-Liszt solo disc, and his pioneering CD, “Three Centuries of Brazilian Music.”

Cohen is the recipient of an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and held a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  After living in London for many years, he relocated to the United States, where he holds a full professorship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  In October 2013, Arnaldo Cohen was appointed Artistic Director for the Portland International Piano Series, one of the most prestigious keyboard recital series in North America.

2015/2016 season



International Keyboard Festival, New York City
BACH-BUSONI: Chaconne in d minor
BRAHMS: Handel Variations, Op. 24
CHOPIN: Four Scherzos

CHOPIN: Ballade No. 4
LISZT: Totentanz

Critical Acclaim

Atlanta Constitution
By Pierre Ruhe

"He's a big pianist, a large man with a roaring, muscular tone, digital precision and individual interpretations. He is debonair at the keyboard, and he is wise."

San Francisco Chronicle
Allan Ulrich

"Aficionadas of superior pianism knew where to be Tuesday evening-in Herbst Theatre, where Brazilian-born, London artist Arnaldo Cohen made an often-stunning return to the city that barely took note of his debut in 1995. In the interim, an underground swell of admiration(if not quite a cult) has developed around this dapper musician, and this San Francisco Performances recital--a banquet of Schoenberg, Bach, Prokofiev and Chopin--made a first-timer understand why. This is a fabulous talent."

New York Times
Paul Griffiths

"He is a big pianist. His sound is splendid and full, and never clattery, even in scuh barnstroming passages as the coda to this Liszt work(Fantaisie Dramatique sur les Huguenots de Meyerbeer)."




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