Daniel Cohen
Conductor

“Daniel Cohen, despite his young age, demonstrates great artistic maturity, clarity and precision. His careful yet incisive reading highlighted the nuances in Massenet’s score.” (BG-Opera Magazine)

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Biography

Artistic Director: Gropius Ensemble, Israel
Kapellmeister: Deutsche Oper Berlin

 

From the beginning of the 2015/16 season Daniel Cohen is Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he conducts revivals of Don Giovanni and Lucia di Lammermoor in autumn 2015. A former Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel Fellow, Daniel’s orchestral engagements this season include his debut with Calgary Philharmonic and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and return visits to Sinfonieorchester Basel, Norrlandsoperan and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

Artistic Director: Gropius Ensemble, Israel
Kapellmeister: Deutsche Oper Berlin

 

Daniel Cohen is in his second year as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and this season he will conduct performances of Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Il barbiere di Siviglia there. In 2017 he will also return to the Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Cohen also frequently works with the New Israeli Opera; last season he conducted La Cenerentola (directed by Julien Lubek) and a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at their Opera Festival in Akko, and he’ll return in 2017/18 for a new production. Other recent opera highlights include an acclaimed debut with the Canadian Opera Company for Alden’s production of La clemenza di Tito.

Cohen’s orchestral engagements in the 2016/17 season include debuts with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Helsinki Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony orchestras, as well as a return to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale. He also returns to Jersey Chamber Orchestra, where he was Music Director from 2008-2016. Highlights from last season included return engagements to the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestra of the Norrlandsoperan, and orchestra of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

Cohen has worked a number of times with members of the London Symphony Orchestra as part of their LSO Soundhub programme for young composers. Contemporary repertoire is of keen interest to Cohen, who is also able to pursue this passion as Artistic Director of the Gropius Ensemble, where he curates projects specialising in the synthesis of music and theatre, with actor Itay Tiran.

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Charlotte Marino +44 (0)20 3725 9179

Reviews

“Young conductor Daniel Cohen, newly appointed Kapellmeister of DO Berlin, led the performance at a deliberate and luxurious tempo which brought out the subtle beauty of the score. His attention to each instrumental section, especially the crucial woodwinds, was immaculate, and the players responded to his cajoling splendidly. The flute solos accompanying Lucia’s Act 3 mad scene were appropriately haunting and forlorn, and the principal was rewarded with a special gesture from the grateful soprano and a solo bow. Mr. Cohen’s conducting skill was such that he was able to hold together the singers, chorus and orchestra in the complex Act 2 ending ensemble scene to bring the first half to an exciting conclusion.” (bachtrack.com, October 2015)

“Conductor Daniel Cohen led the Israeli Camerata in a clear and beautiful interpretation” (mouse.co.il, September 2015)

“Cohen and the [Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra] gave a crisp, fresh performance of the symphony, combining warm, full instrumental sounds with light-handed phrasing, and impeccable hand-offs of musical ideas. They delivered a lively, engaging first movement, a graceful, forward-leaning second movement, and a third movement built of energy and character. Their energized approach to the piece's final movement gave the players some room for delightful moments of raw, visceral music making.” (Elaine Schmidt, Journal Sentinel, May 2015)

“Young conductor Daniel Cohen, newly appointed Kapellmeister of DO Berlin, led the performance at a deliberate and luxurious tempo which brought out the subtle beauty of the score. His attention to each instrumental section, especially the crucial woodwinds, was immaculate, and the players responded to his cajoling splendidly. The flute solos accompanying Lucia’s Act 3 mad scene were appropriately haunting and forlorn, and the principal was rewarded with a special gesture from the grateful soprano and a solo bow. Mr. Cohen’s conducting skill was such that he was able to hold together the singers, chorus and orchestra in the complex Act 2 ending ensemble scene to bring the first half to an exciting conclusion.” (bachtrack.com, October 2015)

“Conductor Daniel Cohen led the Israeli Camerata in a clear and beautiful interpretation” (mouse.co.il, September 2015)

“Cohen and the [Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra] gave a crisp, fresh performance of the symphony, combining warm, full instrumental sounds with light-handed phrasing, and impeccable hand-offs of musical ideas. They delivered a lively, engaging first movement, a graceful, forward-leaning second movement, and a third movement built of energy and character. Their energized approach to the piece's final movement gave the players some room for delightful moments of raw, visceral music making.” (Elaine Schmidt, Journal Sentinel, May 2015)

“An exemplary performance, with lots of finesse and nervous energy: Daniel Cohen is a real Mozartian. His orchestra deserves every praise: Silky strings, splendid winds, shimmer, transparency and vigour – nothing was missing.” (Yvan Beuvard, ForumOpera, June 2014)

“Quite a sensation was caused by 29-year-old Israeli conductor Daniel Cohen, under whose brilliant lead the imaginative, sensual work Sawti'l zaman by Frenchman Benjamin Attahir saw the light of day”. (Peter Hagmann, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, September 2013)

“[Mozart’s music was] served up with superb artistry by the COC Orchestra under Daniel Cohen.” (John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun, February 2013)

“The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra was a model of grace under Daniel Cohen.” (John Terauds, Musical Toronto, February 2013) 

“Fast-rising Israeli conductor Daniel Cohen, all of 29 years old, conducted an extremely impressive performance of this Mozart masterpiece. He did not allow space for applause after some of the arias, making sure the music was not impeded, at the same time he allowed daringly long pauses in important dramatic moments.” (Joseph So, La Scena Musicale, February 2013)

"Conductor Daniel Cohen emphasized the translucent clarity of the score and gave the singers latitude to flesh their characters out. He was also willing to use the music's power, something too few people are willing to do with Mozart's work. Under Cohen, the material danced, with the singers and with a life all its own." (Brian Hay, norules-nolights.com, February 2013)

“There were around ten minutes of applause for the young Israeli conductor Daniel Cohen (previously assistant to Daniel Barenboim) last Thursday, for his Beethoven concert with the Orchestra della Fondazione Petruzzelli - a frank and well-deserved success.” (Alessandro Romanelli, L’orecchio di Dioniso, December 2012)

“Cohen, with calm but charismatic gestures, highlighted the pastoral and bucolic atmosphere of the 6th Symphony, endeavouring to project a scene of summer alpine meadows between sun and unexpected storms, to great applause at the end of the evening.” (Nicola Andrisani, Barilive.it, December 2012)

"If the art of conducting an orchestra is expressed by the balance of technical preparation and talented interpretation, assisted by a rich musical culture, Daniel Cohen’s conducting of the Orchestra della Fondazione Petruzzelli, was a fine example of this balance. Of course, Cohen’s execution was characterized by the impetuous energy of youth, perceivable above all in the unusually sustained tempi of the 6th Symphony, but at the same time it showed his capacity to shape with lucid clarity, meaningful accents and elegant magmatic gestures." (Enzo Garofalo, Cannibali, December 2012)

"Maestro Cohen, despite his young age, has shown great artistic maturity, clarity and precision. A careful reading and incisive made the nuances of Massenet's music highly enjoyable. He created moments of high lyricism and emotion and aroused great applause in both shows." (BG-Opera Magazine, April 2012)

"Daniel Cohen was a discovery... he conducted throughout with the golden combination of clarity and expression, drawing phrasing and contrast out from the responsive orchestra... an extremely watchable presence on the podium. Cohen deserves to go far." (Bachtrack, March 2012)

"There was great success at the concert last night at Teatro Lirico, directed by Daniel Cohen. Elgar's Enigma Variations were particularly appreciated for the emotional complexity expressed by the orchestra of the Opera House, perfectly led by Cohen with lively spirit and intense attention. Intense applause followed, lasting more than five minutes." (Unione Sarda, November 2011)