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 Yuval Cohen

Yuval Cohen

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Soprano saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Yuval Cohen, has his own unique sound and melodic approach to improvisation.
The recipient of the prestigious Landau award (Israel’s top award for jazz musicians) in 2010, Yuval Cohen was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. Yuval has studied music at the Tel Aviv conservatory, the Tel Aviv school of Arts, and the “Thelma Yellin” high school for the arts. During his studies he was selected to perform the Glazonov concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra, and toured Europe and Israel as a soloist.
 As a young student Yuval was awarded scholarships for outstanding achievements from the Israel-American cultural foundations between the years 1987-1996.
During the years 1991-1994 Yuval served as a soloist, leading alto saxophone, arranger and co-conductor at the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra.
 In 1994 Yuval received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996. While at Berklee, Yuval was awarded the college prizes for outstanding achievements and the woodwind department award. His compositions were chosen to represent the college in the prestigious journal ‘Jazziz’.
 In 1997 Yuval received a full scholarship for a Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Yuval’s debut CD, ‘Freedom’ (2007), received excellent critics, and being regularly played on the Israeli radio channels. His second album, ‘Song Without Words’ (2010), attempted to re-define the boundaries of the saxophone-piano sound and the meaning of melody. The album was described as unique and beautiful by jazz critics. The album is played regularly in Europe, US and Israel.
Yuval is a part of the critically acclaimed band ‘The 3 Cohens Sextet’, with his brother Avishai and sister Anat. This family band has released 4 albums, and is touring regularly around the world. Theyplayed their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013, and is playing in such notable venues as the Village Vanguard, the Newport Jazz Festival,the JVC Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Tudo E Jazz Festival in Brasil, Koerner Hall in Toronto, and top European venues as Paris’ Duc Des Lombardes, the BimHuis, A Trane, Porgy and Bess, among others (www.3cohens.com). Lee Konitz, Jon Hendricks, Reggie Workman, Lew Soloff, Arnie Lawrence, Anat Cohen - Avishai Cohen (3 Cohens), Omer Avital, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Jason Lindner, Matt Penman, Ruben Rogers, Greg Hutchinson, Aaron Parks, Jonathan Blake, Garry Versace, Gilad Hekselman, Shai Maestro – All just a few of the wonderful world renowned figures with whom Yuval has played with.
In addition to his career as performer and composer, Yuval is a sought after educator and in demand at all the jazz schools in the country: He is the head of the jazz department at the Tel Aviv conservatory, a professor at the Rubin academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, at the Rimon school for Jazz and contemporary music, and at the Thelma Yellin high school of the arts.