Piano

Arnaldo Cohen


Arnaldo Cohen, Professor of Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2004, was born in Brazil and graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while studying for an engineering degree. He became a professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra but continued his piano studies with Jacques Klein, a disciple of William Kapell, and later with Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber. He was the first-prize winner of the 1970 Beethoven International Competition and the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition.

He has been the featured soloist with major orchestras including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Rome) under the baton of leading conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He has also played over 2,000 recitals around the world. An avid chamber musician, he has performed as a member of the Amadeus Piano Trio as well as with other chamber groups. His recordings for BIS, Naxos, IMP Classics and Vox include works by Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninov, and Brazilian composers.

In 2000 Professor Cohen was designated a Fellow (with honors) of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Prior to joining the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music, he held a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A recipient of the “Rio Branco” Medal (Brazil, 2000) and the Broadwood Fellowship, he has served on the juries of various international piano competitions including the Chopin and Busoni Competitions. In October 2012, Arnaldo Cohen was appointed Artistic Director for Portland Piano International, one of the most prestigious keyboard recital series in North America.