Edward Cohen has established himself as one of the most versatile and in-demand pianists in Scotland. Equally at home as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, or educator, he regularly collaborates with leading musicians in the country’s major performance venues and festivals.
Edward began studies at the Royal College of Music when he was ten, and is a first class graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize-winning student. Additionally, he has studied at Indiana University, and is an alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy. He holds two MMus degrees with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he currently maintains a position as lecturer in piano and staff accompanist. He is a principal study teacher for the University of Glasgow, and has recently given masterclasses at home and abroad, including at the University of Edinburgh and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
During his studies, Edward won the conservatoire’s most prestigious prizes in both solo and chamber music performance, including the Governor’s Keyboard Recital Prize and the Piano Accompaniment Prize. He counts some of the world’s finest pianists amongst his teachers, including Rolf Hind, Kathryn Stott, Yevgeny Sudbin, Martino Tirimo, André Watts, and Lilya Zilberstein.
Beyond his native Europe, recital activity has taken Edward to India, Russia, the Far East, and across the USA, including a performance in the presence of HM The Queen. He has made numerous appearances at the BBC Proms, including as a soloist in 2010 and with mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison in 2013.
A keen chamber musician, Edward performs with the Artisan and Beinn Artair Trios, the Barony and Red Note Ensembles, Daniel's Beard, Opera Alba, flautist Katherine Bryan, and clarinettist Jean Johnson. He made his RSNO Chamber Series debut in 2017, and has performed under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, amongst others. Recent concerto engagements have included Beethoven's 'Choral Fantasy', de Falla's Harpsichord Concerto, Rachmaninov's Concerto No2, Shostakovich's Concerto No2, and Strauss' 'Burleske'.
Edward is the pianist for the Chorus and Junior Chorus of the RSNO, a role in which he regularly works closely with major conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, Kristjan Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Cristian Macelaru, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Thomas Søndergård. He has worked regularly with many other choirs, including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus. He has been an official accompanist for masterclasses given by Nicola Benedetti, Ian Bousfield, Karen Cargill, Malcolm Martineau, János Starker, and David Watkin.
Edward’s playing has been heard extensively on television and radio around the globe. He has recorded several CDs and was an accompanist at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 competition, which was produced by BBC Arts Digital and Radio 3 and broadcast on live video worldwide.