Franklin Cohen

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A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 1986

Cohen is the chairman of the clarinet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Blossom Festival School. The principal clarinet (since 1976) in the Cleveland Orchestra, Cohen also holds the distinguished honor of being the only clarinetist to win first prize at the Munich Competition. He has done solo recordings and more than 100 solo performances with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has played and recorded with pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, a 1995 Grammy Award winner, as well as with the Emerson and Guarneri Quartets. Cohen has also been featured as a guest artist at the Marlboro, Aspen, and Santa Fe Festivals.