- Paul Cohen (saxophonist)
Paul Cohen is an American
saxophonist. He is active as a performer, teacher, historian, musicologist, and author in areas related to the saxophone.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.
He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the
San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosiand others. He has performed solo works of Jacques Ibert, Claude Debussy, Paul Creston, Alexander Glazunov, Charles Martin Loeffler, Karel Husa, Frank Martin, Ingolf Dahl, Henry Cowell, and Henri Tomasi.
He performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the
New York Solisti, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, Group for Contemporary Music, NEP Symphony, Wayne Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, and the Long Island Philharmonic.
He has recorded three albums with the
Cleveland Symphonic Winds, a CD of the music of Heitor Villa-Loboswith the Quintet of the Americas, plus recordings with the Saxophone Sinfonia, New York Solisti, Paul Winter Consort, North-South Consonance, and the New Sousa Band.
His two most recent recordings include an environmental-jazz CD of solo improvisation as well as the newly discovered saxophone concerto of the 19th century American composer
Cohen is currently on the faculties of the
Manhattan School of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, William Paterson University, New York University, and Montclair State University.
In the 1980s he served on the staff of Lee Patrick's Saxophone Institutes held at the
University of Louisvilleas a conductor and chamber music coach. He worked with Sigurd Raschèrat Raschèr's saxophone workshops in the 1990s.
Cohen has published numerous articles on saxophone literature and history in such noted publications as
Saxophone Journal, the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazineof Great Britain, The Grainger Society Journal, the Saxophone Symposium, The Instrumentalist, and CBDNA Notes. Since 1985 he has authored the "Vintage Saxophones Revisited" column in Saxophone Journal.
He has rediscovered and performed lost saxophone literature, including solo works for saxophyone and orchestra by Loeffler, Florio and Dahl, as well as rare chamber works by Grainger, Ornstein, Cowell, Siegmeister and Loeffler.
His album of unusual saxophones, "Paul Cohen's Vintage Saxophones Revisited: A tour of the early history of the saxophone," was recorded in 19__.
Cohen's publishing company,
To the Fore Publishers, offers original, historical and contemporary saxophone works from a wide range of composers in addition to Cohen's own arrangements and settings for saxophone ensemble. His collection of songs and dances transcribed for saxophone quartet, "The Renaissance Book", is published by Galaxy Music.
* [http://www.totheforepublishers.com To The Fore Publishers web site]
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