Franklin Cohen

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Clarinet

A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 1986

Franklin Cohen, a 1995 Grammy Award Winner is one of the most distinguished clarinetist/musicians of his generation. In 1968 Mr. Cohen won First Prize at the (ARD) Munich Competition, subsequently enjoying a successful international career as a solo and recording artist. In 1976 he was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra, a position he held for 40 years. Upon his retirement he was honored with the first-ever title "Emeritus" being the most frequent soloist in the orchestra's history. Mr. Cohen has held the position as Clarinet Department Head at the Cleveland Institute of Music for over 43 years.

He continues to perform with leading artists around the globe and many of his students hold prestigious positions in the music world.

Mr. Cohen is the founder and co-Artistic Director of ChamberFest Cleveland.

Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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