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The Bach Cello Suites Explored
11 January 2017
Workshops and Performances
- Part 2
The Purcell School

Aldenham Road
Herts WD23 2TS

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Tampere Chamber Music 2017
19-22 January 2017
Music and Wellbeing Together
Chamber music, Clinic worshops, Lectures, Masterclasses, Dvorak Cello Concerto
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William Pleeth: A Centenary Celebration
6 November 2016
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh.
In collaboration with Aldeburgh Music, Robert Cohen has created a celebratory day in tribute to William Pleeth, his teacher and the teacher of
many distinguished cellists around the world,
mostly notable
Jaqueline du Pré .

The day begins appropriately with Robert giving an open masterclass followed by a discussion with rarely seen archival material on Pleeth’s life and music-making. It concludes with a concert of music closely associated with Pleeth and features performances by Robert Cohen, the Fine Arts Quartet and members of the Pleeth family, distingued celiists Anthony Pleeth and Tatty Theo. They are joined by pianist Lana Bode and Robert's own student, the brilliant Nadège Rochat.
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High Performance Soloist Course
Accademia Perosi, Biella, Italy.
Robert Cohen has accepted an invitation to start an international cello course in May 2016.
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"Hear and Now"
Sally Beamish Cello Concerto No.2
The Song Gatherer
27 Feb 2016. 8pm
Grand Hall, City Halls, Glasgow
Celebratong Sally's 60th birthday, Robert performs the concerto Sally wrote for his 50th birthday in 2009.
BBC Scottish Sypmphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins

For concert details, click here
To read all about the concerto, click here

The concerto's critical acclaim, click here

A concert for St Christopher's Hospice
7 January 2016. 7:30pm
St Christopher’s, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road
Sydenham, London SE26 6DZ

"St Christopher’s Hospice is a truly amazing place. Elizabeth and I have been giving concerts there every two years since I first met the wonderful Tamsin Dives - music therapist - who uses music to help and support residents of the Hospice and their families."

St Christopher’s Hospice was founded by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967 and is widely regarded as the first modern hospice. It now provides palliative care of the highest quality care to over 2,500 dying individuals each year on four inpatient wards at the hospice in Sydenham, south east London and in people’s own homes across south east London. Dame Cicely‘s vision and work transformed the care of the dying and the practice of medicine. The ongoing impact of St Christopher’s clinical innovations and extensive programmes of education and research improve care for dying people nationally and internationally and influence standards of healthcare throughout the world.

St Christphopher's box office
or call 02087684500 to reserve tickets

'On That Note'
WUWM Milwaukee public radio creates 'On That Note' with Robert Cohen, a series of monthly unscripted conversations in which presenter Bonnie North chats with Robert about his life in music and other topics that spring to mind!

WUWM is part of NPR (National Public Radio). You can listen to 'On That Note' by clicking this link. You can also download and subscribe to the podcasts. New episodes will be broadcast the first Monday of every month.

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Back to London
22 November 6:30pm - KIngs Place

The Fine Arts Quartet return to the stunning Kings Place concert hall, close to Kings Cross Station. This time with the amazing accordion player Friedrich Lips in the UK premiere of Efrem Podgaits quintet for accordion and string quartet, written for this very team in 2002.
Also on the programme, the efforvesant Haydn String Quartet Op.71 No.2 and the monumental Schubert 'Death & the Maiden" string quartet.
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Naxos release Fine Arts Quartet latest CD

Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 in an arrangement for piano, string quartet and bass, by the 19th century composer Ignaz Lachner.
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HiBrow TV release another film of Fine Arts Quartet
Filmed at the Washington National Gallery, Efrem Zimbalist Quartet 2nd movement.
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New fillmed masterclasses on line
Filmed at the Lake District Summer Music Festival 2014, Robert Cohen teaches Brahms Sonata No.2 in F major.
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The Robert Cohen Lectures
Six lectures on the art of practising and preparing for performances. Robert Cohen imparts his
highly structured and motivating methods and philosophy. These lectures are taking place at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Scheduled throughout the 2014/15 academic year and available to read on Robert Cohen's website. The first lecture ‘Practise: Time efficient, productive and enjoyable practise’ is available now. Click here

London concert
22 May 2014 - KIngs Place
In a collaboration with Hibrow TV, the Fine Arts Quartet perform acclaimed classical 19th Century repertoire and masterpieces of 20th Century chamber music. The evening will start on screen with specially edited interviews filmed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in February. Click here for details and tickets.

'A great cellist goes west... ' - Jessica Duchen interview

Author, journalist for The Independant and classical music blogger Jessica Duchen interviews Robert Cohen. Read here

August 2013
BeArTon Records releases Lutoslawski Cello Concerto CD with Robert Cohen, Orchestra
Sinfonia Varsovia under the Polish conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk. This striking and extraordinary work is one of the outstanding concertos of the late 20th century. The recording marks the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth and was recorded in Warsaw in January 2013.

To listen to part of a performance Robert Cohen gave of this concerto at the 'Chopin and his Europe' Festival, click here

To read the latest review, click here

April 2013
First recording with FIne Arts Quartet
Robert Cohen’s first CD with the Fine Arts Quartet is released by Naxos and within the first month is proclaimed:
"RECORDING OF THE MONTH...The Fine Arts Quartet and the always reliable Cristina Ortiz deliver winning performances that are a joy to the ear...A gorgeous programme of Saint-Saëns’ beguiling chamber music played with great authority and flair." (Ian Lace, MusicWeb-International, April 2013).
The CD reaches number 2 in the Naxos charts and has stunning reviews internationally.
To read more click here

March 2012
HiBrow.tv is launched
The British based film-maker Don Boyd, HiBrow’s founder, has gathered a wide range of established professionals in the international arts industries, to be called Curators to create
High Definition video content exclusively for HiBrow. HiBrow’s content will be refreshed every month, and is radically different to current broadcast television and other online content. Available free, it is professionally produced, contemporary and original.

Robert Cohen is one of those Curators and several new films are now on line.

Click here to go to the HiBrow website

January 2012
Joining the Fine Arts Quartet
Opening a new book in
Robert Cohen's life:

Robert Cohen becomes the new cellist of one of the most distinguished string quartets in chamber music history.

Click here to read Robert's personal story

Masterclasses on line
Watch Robert Cohen give masterclasses on Schubert's Arpeggione
Sonata and Brahms Sonata in F Op.99
Given at the Lake District Summer Music Festival 2011

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Cohen Pod Talks
Robert Cohen talks to
major figures in the arts.

Now available as free downloads
from iTunes

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click here

28th November 2011
Fine Arts Quartet
Berlin Philharmonie
After a tour from New York to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and towns in Holland and France, Robert Cohen with the Fine Arts Quartet finish their tour at the magnificent Berlin Philharmonie performing string quartets by Haydn, Schumann and Grieg.

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23rd October 2011

'Cloths of Heaven'
An evening of Tavener
at Wigmore Hall, London
Robert Cohen plays John Tavener's haunting 'Thrinos' and joins
soprano Patricia Rozario in 'Akhmatova Songs'

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Beamish Cello Concerto
'The Song Gatherer'
UK Premiere in Manchester
Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder
7:30 2nd December 2010

Bridgewater Hall

To read about the concerto click here

Dancing the Cello
Robert Cohen and the Royal Ballet School
Creativity in arts collaboration

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The Cellist will see you now!
"World renowned cellist Robert Cohen has set up Cello Clinic
to help fellow musicians who for all sorts of reasons find themselves unable to play because of the gruelling and emotionally tense way in which they lead their lives."

Listen to the Classic FM Arts Daily interview with Bob Jones by clicking here

To see Cello Clinic website click here

Cohen Pod Talks launched
Robert Cohen launches a ground breaking series of free podcasts in which he talks with leading figures in the arts, politics and business

Cohen Pod Talks website is currently being reconstructed

Sally Beamish Cello Concerto
World Premiere in Minnesota
Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vanska
12th November 2009

Sally Beamish 's new concerto written for Robert Cohen entitled " The Song Gatherer " received a spectacular reception at it's premiere (click here to read the press reaction). The concerto was written to celebrate Robert's 50th birthday and reflects on his personal journey, taking hints from his roots and reflecting on his view of life now at his ‘mid-way’ point. It was commissioned by the Minnesota and Hallé Orchestras and has it’s UK premiere with the Hallé in December 2010 with conductor Sir Mark Elder.

To see Sally Beamish's website click here

Honored by the Royal Academy of Music

Robert Cohen has been awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (HonRAM).

Over it’s long history, the powers of the Royal Academy of Music's Royal Charter have bestowed a limited number of Honorary Memberships. Robert Cohen joins such artists as Mendelssohn, Liszt, Stravinsky and Casals.



Sony Classical

Howard Blake’s Diversions for cello and orchestra
Robert Cohen, Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Howard Blake

" This disk must not be missed on any account"

"Robert Cohen ...
plays with total conviction, as if he’s been playing the work all his life, and it’s a thrilling performance, brilliantly accompanied by the Philharmonia."

"The performances are magnificent, the sound gloriously full and rich..."

"Beg, steal or borrow the money to buy this disk, for, once heard, you’ll not want to be without this marvellous music.

For the full review click here

For sound clips click here

For more information and purchase

Presto click here
HMV click here
Amazon click here

Dvorak in the Strad

Dvorak Cello Concerto

Robert Cohen's written masterclass on the ‘ King of cello concertos’. Published in the September issue of the Strad magazine, Cohen explains his performing and studying principles and reveals his inspiring approach to interpreting and mastering this great cello concerto.

To read the complete article, follow this link


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