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Jonathan Cohler is rec­og­nized through­out the world as “an ab­solute mas­ter of the clar­inet” (In­ter­na­tional Clar­inet As­so­ci­a­tion’s Clar­inet Magazine). Through his per­for­mances around the world and on record, he has thrilled an ever widen­ing au­di­ence with his in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cian­ship and total tech­ni­cal com­mand. His tech­ni­cal feats have been hailed as “su­per­hu­man” and Fan­fare Magazine has placed him in the pan­theon of leg­endary mu­si­cians: “one thinks of Dinu Lipatti.”

 

A highly ac­claimed record­ing artist, his record­ings have re­ceived nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades and awards in­clud­ing nom­i­na­tion for the INDIE Award, the Out­stand­ing Record­ing mark of the Amer­i­can Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine’s Best CDs of The Year se­lec­tion, and top rat­ings from many mag­a­zines, radio sta­tions, and record guides in­clud­ing Pen­guin Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Lis­tener Magazine, which wrote, “Cohler pos­sesses such mu­si­cal in­tegrity and taste that every­thing he touches seems like the last word”. Gramo­phone lauded Mr. Cohler’s ex­pres­sion of “the po­etry that lesser artists miss.” His re­cent record­ing of the Brahms and Beethoven trios with the Clare­mont Trio (Jonathan Cohler & Clare­mont Trio) was ranked the best by Fan­fare Magazine, “I know of no finer record­ing of the Beethoven, and this one stands with the best clas­sic ver­sions of the Brahms.” His Rhap­sodie Française was cho­sen for a 2008 Best of the Year award from the Buf­falo/Toronto clas­si­cal sta­tion 94.5 WNED along­side two new CDs fea­tur­ing leg­endary artists Pierre Fournier, Mstislav Ros­tropovitch, Leonid Kogan, and Emil Gilels.

 

He has toured the United States, Canada, Eu­rope, Japan, Tai­wan, China, Venezuela, Brazil, Ar­gentina, Chile, Peru, Mex­ico and Cuba, and per­formed at many fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing those of Tan­gle­wood, Aspen, Do­maine For­get, Cam­pos do Jor­dao, Rock­port, New­port, Martha’s Vine­yard and the Hamp­tons. He has been a fre­quently in­vited per­former at the In­ter­na­tional Clar­inet As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Clar­inet­Fest and many other clar­inet fes­ti­vals around the world. He has been fea­tured on the pres­ti­gious Dame Myra Hess Memo­r­ial Con­cert Series in Chicago.

 

In ad­di­tion to his work as soloist, Jonathan Cohler is an ac­tive cham­ber mu­si­cian, cham­ber music coach, ad­ju­di­ca­tor, con­duc­tor, and ped­a­gogue. He col­lab­o­rates fre­quently with many well-known mu­si­cians and en­sem­bles in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Emer­son String Quar­tet, the Muir String Quar­tet, the Clare­mont Trio, the Lark Quar­tet, the Moscow Con­ser­va­tory Trio, the Amadeus Trio, the New Jer­sey Cham­ber Music So­ci­ety, the Boston Cham­ber Music So­ci­ety, the Wave­hill Trio, Boris Bere­zovsky, Ilya Kaler, An­dres Diaz, Charles Nei­dich, Ran­dall Hodgkin­son, Ju­dith Gor­don, An­drew Mark, Jan­ice Weber and Rasa Vitkauskaite.

 

Last sea­son fea­tured the re­lease of two CDs, Rhap­sodie Française (On­gaku 024-121), with mul­ti­ple award win­ning Lithuan­ian pi­anist Rasa Vitkauskaite, and Jonathan Cohler & Clare­mont Trio (On­gaku -024-122) with the award win­ning piano trio Clare­mont Trio. This sea­son fea­tures the re­lease of Ro­manza (On­gaku 024-123), also with Ms. Vitkauskaite, fea­tur­ing tran­scrip­tions for clar­inet and piano of works by Schu­mann, Prokofiev and Guastavino.

 

Jonathan Cohler is also one of the most sought after cham­ber music coaches in the coun­try. Nu­mer­ous groups that he has coached have won top prizes in the Na­tional Fischoff Cham­ber Music Competition, the Cole­man Cham­ber Music Competition, and the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber Music En­sem­ble Competition of the Cham­ber Music Foun­da­tion of New Eng­land among others.

 

He has ad­ju­di­cated nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions in the United States and abroad in­clud­ing the In­ter­na­tional Clar­inet Com­pe­ti­tion of the Eu­ro­pean Clar­inet Association, Con­cours de Musique du Canada, the Young Artist Competition of the In­ter­na­tional Clar­inet As­so­ci­a­tion, the Russ­ian-Amer­i­can Music As­so­ci­a­tion Competition, and nu­mer­ous oth­ers at fes­ti­vals and con­ser­va­to­ries around the world.

 

Jonathan Cohler is the Music Di­rec­tor of the Mass­a­chu­setts Phil­har­monic Orchestra, As­sis­tant Con­duc­tor of the Youth Phil­har­monic Orchestra of the New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Wood­wind Festival. For ten years, he was the Music Di­rec­tor of the Brock­ton Sym­phony Orchestra, and he for­merly con­ducted both the Boston Youth Sym­phony Orchestra and the Em­pire State Youth Sym­phony Orchestra in Al­bany, New York. He is also in de­mand as a guest con­duc­tor around the world with or­ches­tras such as the world renowned Simon Bo­li­var Or­ches­tra of Cara­cas, Venezuela.

 

Mr. Cohler is also a world renowned teacher. His stu­dents hold po­si­tions in major or­ches­tras all around the world, and have won top prizes at nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing the Con­cours de Genève, the Young Artists Competition of the In­ter­na­tional Clar­inet As­so­ci­a­tion, the Audi Mozart Com­pe­ti­tion (Rovereto, Italy), and Je­unesses Mu­si­cales. They have re­ceived fel­low­ships to fes­ti­vals such as Tan­gle­wood, Aspen, Pa­cific Music Fes­ti­val, Na­tional Reper­tory Or­ches­tra, Ver­bier, Salzburg, and many oth­ers. In ad­di­tion to being on the fac­ulty at three schools, Mr. Cohler teaches reg­u­larly at fes­ti­vals, con­ser­va­to­ries and uni­ver­si­ties around the world, and holds sev­eral hon­orary positions.

 

Jonathan Cohler’s clar­inet teach­ers in­clude leg­endary Boston Sym­phony Or­ches­tra clar­inetist Pasquale Cardillo, Harold Wright, Karl Leis­ter, Charles Nei­dich and Frank Mar­tin. He grad­u­ated with high hon­ors in physics from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity. He is a mem­ber of the clar­inet, cham­ber music and con­duct­ing fac­ul­ties of the Longy School of Music in Cam­bridge, The Boston Conservatory, and the New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory in Boston.


Website: http://jonathancohler.com

Email: cohler@jonathancohler.com

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