After early studies with William Pleeth, Robert Cohen's musical education continued with Jacqueline du Pré, André Navarra and Mistislav Rostropovich. He won the Suggia Prize, Young Concert Artists (New York), Piatigorsky and Unesco International competitions and the English Speaking Union Scholarship to Tanglewood.and made his concerto début at the age of 12 at the Royal Festival Hall. He has subsequently performed worldwide, with notable chamber music collaborations including Yehudi Menuhin, the Amadeus String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Leonidas Kavakos and Krystian Zimerman.
He has given masterclasses at conservatoires internationally. From 2000-12 he was Professor of Advanced Solo Studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and in 2010 he became a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. His High Performance Soloist Course at the Accademia Perosi, Italy started in 2016.
Robert Cohen made his recording début at age 19 with Elgar's Cello Concerto, earning a silver disc. He has since recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Decca. The most recent work written for and dedicated to him was Sally Beamish's Cello Concerto No.2, ‘The Song Gatherer’. He has created special projects: ‘Les Six’ – poetry, literature and film for the City of London Festival, ‘Collaborations’ for the Royal Ballet School, ‘Robert Cohen’s Cello Clinic’ www.celloclinic.com and ‘Cohen Pod Talks’ iTunes.com. From 1989-2011 he was Artistic Director of Charleston Manor Festival, a chamber music festival in Sussex.
In January 2012 he became cellist in the Fine Arts Quartet, with which he appeared at LDSM in 2014; he first appeared at LDSM in 1993.
His cello is the ‘Ex Roser’ David Tecchler, Rome 1723.
*See the panel on the right for details of his appearances in the 2017 LDSM festival.