Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall London and throughout the following forty years of his distinguished international career, has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. “It is easy to hear what the fuss is about, he plays like a God” (New York Stereo Review).
Invited to perform concertos world-wide by conductors Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, and Sir Simon Rattle, Robert Cohen has also collaborated in chamber music with many renowned soloists and ensembles such as Yehudi Menuhin and the Amadeus String Quartet (including their CD of Schubert Quintet on DGG).
Robert Cohen made his recording debut at age 19 with the Elgar Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic (EMI), which earned a silver disc for sales of more than 1/4 million, since when he has recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and under long-term contract to Decca.
Cohen studied with William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré, and Mstislav Rostropovich and became an inspirational educator, giving masterclasses and lectures worldwide. Cohen is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London and in 2014, they launched The Cohen Lectures, an annual six-part series on the art of learning and performing music. In 2016, Cohen was invited to teach the Soloist Course for Accademia Perosi, Italy.
In addition to Cohen’s solo career, he was Director of the Charleston Manor Festival 1989-2012, and Cellist of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet 2012-2018. Cohen broadcasts a monthly radio show in the US on WUWM entitled 'On That Note’. He is curator of Highbrow.TV, and runs celloclinic.com.