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Praised by the 2010 Israeli Prime Minister Award Committee for “creating a personal language fusion that has a unique dimension” in music that is “fascinating, vibrant and drawing the ear as well as the heart,” Israeli-born Gilad Cohen (b. 1980) is an active composer, performer, and theorist in various musical genres including concert music, rock and music for theatre.  Gilad has received commissions from Barlow Endowment, ASCAP, Concert Artists Guild, Parlance Chamber Concerts, Houston Arts Alliance, and Jerusalem Music Center, among others. Among Gilad’s honors are the Barlow Prize, the Israeli Prime Minister Award for Composers, the Whiting Fellowship in Humanities, and the top prizes at the Lin Yao Ji International Competition for Composition (Beijing), the Franz Josef Reinl Composition Contest (Vienna), and the International Bicentennial Composition Competition of the American Liszt Society.

Gilad’s music was performed in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle-East by ensembles such as the Nash Ensemble of London, Brentano Quartet, Israeli Chamber Project, Mivos Quartet, and PUBLIQuartet at venues including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, and Morgan Library (New York), Green Music Center (CA), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jordan Hall (Boston), Beijing Modern Music Festival, Teatro Metropolitano (Columbia), Festival De Chaillol (France), Wege Durch Das Land Literatur & Musikfest (Germany), and the Jerusalem Theatre (Israel).  His Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp from 2010 is regularly performed around the world; 2018 alone saw performances at Victoria International Arts Festival (Malta), Congress Innsbruck (Austria), Sunflower Music Festival (Topeka, Kansas), and Budapest Festival Orchestra’s chamber music series at the Budapest Music Center, among others.  Praised as “perfectly paced” (American Record Guide) and “deeply seeking” (Gramphone), Gilad’s string quartet Three Goat Blues was recorded in 2017 by Apollo Chamber Players and released on Navona Records, joining other recent releases on Albany Records and Naxos/Delos. 

Gilad performs regularly with various ensembles around the US, playing piano, bass, and guitar.  His research about structure in the music of Pink Floyd has resulted in articles published in Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, and Resling Publishing House; lectures in the US and Israel; a 4-credit course at Ramapo College; and the first-ever academic conference devoted to the band, which Gilad produced in 2014 at Princeton University together with composer Dave Molk.  An Assistant Professor of Music at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Gilad holds a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University, and he is a graduate of Mannes College of Music, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.  Among his principle teachers were Robert Cuckson, Steven Mackey, and Paul Lansky.  www.giladcohen.com

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