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Zachary Cohen, Principal Bass, Donald B. Abert Bass Chair

Zachary Cohen

Zachary Cohen, a native of the Bronx, won the position of principal bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in his senior year of Juilliard at the age of 22. Mr. Cohen received his Bachelor of Music from Juilliard where he studied with legendary bassist Homer Mensch. During his summers Mr. Cohen has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, and The Dresden Musikfestspiele.

As an active chamber musician he has collaborated with a wide range of artists such as Ithzak Perlman, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Midori, Mark O'Connor, and members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn quartets. He has also worked closely with some of today's most respected composers such as Henri Dutilleux, Osvaldo Golijov, and Mario Davidovsky. While attending Juilliard, Mr. Cohen became a member of the chamber group 'The Knights.' He has recently recorded two albums with them on Sony Classical.

This past winter Mr. Cohen had the opportunity to teach at the Gitameit Music School in Yangon, Myanmar. Mr. Cohen believes deeply that music's ability to develop interconnectivity on a person to person level, even in nations with such extreme censorship, is a way to bring awareness, educate, and communicate across boundaries.

In the 2010.11 season Mr. Cohen performed Bottesini's 'Double Concerto' for two basses with Edgar Meyer and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


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