Music Director: Jersey Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director: Gropius Ensemble, Israel
Assistant Conductor: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Cohen has worked with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and recently made his debut with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Wozzeck and Otello for Israeli Opera, and was recently invited to open the operatic season of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with a new production of Massenet's Don Quichotte. He was invited to make his debut at Canadian Opera Company in February 2013, in a production of La Clemenza di Tito, directed by Christopher Alden.
Last season saw Cohen assist Daniel Barenboim at the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the preparation of a Beethoven symphonies cycle as well as major works by Schoenberg and Boulez. Forthcoming engagements include concerts with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (on the invitation of Pierre Boulez), the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, and a return to Israeli Opera to conduct Verdi’s Rigoletto (directed by David Pountney).
Following his graduation from the postgraduate conducting program at London's Royal Academy of Music, Daniel won first prizes at the Admont International Conducting Competition and the Aviv Competitions. More recently Daniel was honoured at the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition.
“[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)
"Young conductor Daniel Cohen, protégé of Maestro Barenboim, led the young ensemble with extraordinary drive and daring" (Ynet Music, September 2011)
“The performance of Pierrot Lunaire was highly artistic and glowing with sensuality. Presented by the Israeli singer Hila Baggio, and led by Daniel Cohen, it was an exceptional event.” (Neue Musikzritung, August 2010)