July 31, 2023
Jeff Cohen
Concert for the centenary of the Villa Noailles
To celebrate this Centenary, pianist Jeff Cohen brings back to life Nicolas Nabokov's unpublished score, "The Echo Collector", a piece created and performed by the Noailles in Hyères in 1932. This first partnership between the Moutte and the Villa Noailles, augur well for future cultural events in the department. Jeff Cohen, piano
Marianne Croux, soprano
Adrien Fournaison, bass-baritone
Nabokov, "Le Collectionneur d’Écho" As well as works by Poulenc, Sauguet, Auric, Weill, Rorem…
Villa Noailles - Hyères
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Jeff Cohen

After studies at The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Jeff’s interest in French
music brought him to Paris where he studied at the Conservatoire National with
Reine Gianoli and Geneviève Joy. He later continued studies with Leon Fleisher and
Peter Feuchtwanger.

He has performed with singers and instrumentalists such as Roberto Alagna, June
Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli, Jane Birkin, Tassis Christoyannis, Karine Deshayes,
Angela Gheorghiu, Véronique Gens, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Sumi Jo, Steve Lacy,
Noël Lee, Ute Lemper, François Le Roux, Dame Felicity Lott, Mady Mesplé...

He has made a number of recordings, including a « live » recital at La Scala with
Angela Gheorghiu, various compilations of French mélodie with Tassis Christoyannis
or François Le Roux, Kurt Weill and cabaret songs with Ute Lemper and two-piano
works with Noel Lee. He has assisted conductors such as Sir Mark Elder,
Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson, Michel Plasson and Sir George Solti on
recordings with Decca, EMI and Warner.

Jeff Cohen appeared as pianist in Peter Brook’s production "Impressions de Pelléas"
as well as Roman Polanski’s staging of the play "Masterclass" in Paris with Fanny
Ardant. He conducted Giorgio Strehler’s production of "Der Dreigroschenoper" and
was assistant to Myung-Whung Chung on Verdi’s "Otello" at the opening season of
the Paris Bastille Opera. He performed in the Spanish choreographer, Blanca Li's
"The Garden of Earthly Delights".

French television aired "Jeff d’orchestre" during several years, a show written and
presented by Jeff Cohen which introduced music to children. He also composes
original music for feature films, plays, and dance pieces.

Mr. Cohen resides in Paris and is currently professor of "mélodie" and "Lied" at the
Conservatoire National as well as the Académie de l’Opéra de Paris. In 2019 Jeff
Cohen was named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.