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Music Director: Jersey Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director: Gropius Ensemble, Israel
Gustavo Dudamel Fellow: Los Angeles Philharmonic

Currently a Gustavo Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daniel Cohen conducts the orchestra in several concerts throughout 2013/14. 

Cohen is a rising star in both concert and opera, and has conducted orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestra dell Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Orchestra of the NorrlandsOperan, Sweden as well as Kammerphilharmonie Graz and the Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona.  

Next season his debuts include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and he will return to the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence.

In February 2013 Cohen made his Canadian Opera Company debut with a production of La Clemenza di Tito, directed by Christopher Alden. At the Festival della Valle d’Itria, he conducted the Italian premiere of D'avalos' opera Maria di Venosa. In 2012 he opened the season of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with a new production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Working regularly at the Israeli Opera, Cohen has conducted productions including Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Berg’s Wozzeck and Verdi’s La traviataRigoletto & Otello.

Contemporary music is a prominent feature in Cohen’s repertoire and over the last two seasons he has taken part in the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Composer Project, working alongside Pierre Boulez. This collaboration culminated in a performance of a new commission by Benjamin Attahir at the 2013 Lucerne Festival. 

Daniel Cohen is also greatly supported by Daniel Barenboim and was his assistant at the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra were he has been involved in the preparation of a Beethoven symphonies cycle as well as major works by Schoenberg and Boulez. 

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“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)