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Edward Cohen

Edward Cohen

The heart of the programme featured music of an almost exquisite delicacy, beautifully etched by pianist Edward Cohen who played with a Debussyan sensitivity to the colour and sonority of the music

Michael Tumelty, The Herald

Dillon's music has a surprisingly ingratiating harmonic palette, as revealed in two miniatures brilliantly played by Edward Cohen

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Solo - Piano


  • Edward Cohen - Piano


Edward has an all-embracing solo repertoire that extends far beyond the major composers for the piano to lesser-known works.

He has a special affinity for the music of the great Romantics, including Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Schubert, and Schumann, but programming interests extend into pieces by Adams, Alkan, Busoni, Cage, Debussy, Dillon, Godowsky, Gubaidulina, Hamelin, Janáček, Kapustin, Koechlin, Ligeti, Messiaen, Mompou, Ornstein, Prokofiev, Rautavaara, Ravel, Rzewski, Shostakovich, Silvestrov, Sorabji, and the reinventions of the rock band Radiohead's songs for piano by Christopher O'Riley, to name but a few.

Programme samples are available on his website.


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, or chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with leading musicians in major performance venues and festivals in his home country and beyond.

He has performed under the baton of Ryan Bancroft, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Neeme Järvi, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and recent concerto appearances have included works by Beethoven, de Falla, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Strauss.

As pianist for the choruses of the RSNO, Edward works closely with prominent conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Kristjan Järvi, Peter Oundjian, and Thomas Søndergård. Other renowned choirs he has worked with include EFC with Martyn Brabbins, Gustavo Dudamel, and Daniel Harding, NYCoS with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the SCO Chorus with Richard Egarr and Emmanuel Krivine. He has accompanied masterclasses given by Nicola Benedetti, Karen Cargill, Malcolm Martineau, and David Watkin.

Beyond Europe, recital activity has taken Edward to India, Russia, the Far East, and across the USA, including a performance for HM The Queen. At the BBC Proms, he has appeared as a soloist, in chamber ensemble, and with mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison. His playing has been heard extensively around the globe, most recently at Eurovision Young Musicians, which was broadcast live on television and radio worldwide.

Edward frequently performs with the Artisan Trio, Daniel's Beard, flautist Katherine Bryan, and clarinettist Jean Johnson. He regularly appears in the RSNO Chamber Series, and additional recent Scottish engagements have included the Cumnock Tryst, Westbourne Music, and the University of Glasgow recital series.

Edward learned with some of the world's finest pianists, including Kathryn Stott, Yevgeny Sudbin, and André Watts. He began studies at London's Royal College of Music when he was ten, and is a first class prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is an alumnus of Indiana University and the Lucerne Festival Academy.

Edward holds two MMus degrees with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he won the top awards in solo and chamber music performance, including the Governors' Recital Prize. He now maintains a position there as lecturer in accompaniment, alongside teaching at the University of Glasgow, and delivering masterclasses in higher education institutions at home and abroad.