Robert Cohen


Strings - Cello

International soloist and highly-acclaimed recording artist

Notable collaborations with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, the Amadeus String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Leonidas Kavakos and Krystian Zimerman and Heini Karkkainen

Robert made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall, London. During forty years of distinguished international career, he has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time.

He has been invited to perform concertos world-wide by conductors Claudio Abbado, Antal Dorati, Sir Mark Elder, Mariss Jansons, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Osmo Vanska. He has notably collaborated with chamber musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, the Amadeus String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Leonidas Kavakos and Krystian Zimerman and with his regular duo partner pianist Heini Karkkainen.

His musical education was also exceptional; early studies with William Pleeth, followed by Jacqueline du Pré, André Navarra and Mistislav Rostropovich. Robert won the Suggia Prize, Young Concert Artists (New York), Piatigorsky and Unesco International competitions and the English Speaking Union Scholarship to Tanglewood.

Robert is an inspirational teacher and has given masterclasses at conservatoires throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published. He has mentored a new generation of talented cellists who hold positions as soloists, chamber musicians and principal orchestral cellists. From 2000–2012 he was Professor of Advanced Solo Studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Since 2010, Robert has been professor at the Royal Academy of Music with a small class of exceptional students.

He made his recording debut at age nineteen with the Elgar Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic (EMI) which earned a silver disc. He has recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and under long term contract to Decca. Several compositions have been written and dedicated to him — most recently Sally Beamish Cello Concerto No.2 The Song Gatherer.

Robert has been the subject of many TV documentaries and has created special projects: Les Six — poetry, literature and film for City of London Festival, Robert Cohen’s Cello Clinic ( and Cohen Pod Talks on At the invitation of film producer Don Boyd, he became the curator of a classical music channel for HiBrow.TV.

In January 2012, Robert became cellist of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet. He plays the ‘Ex Roser’ cello by David Tecchler, Rome 1723.


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