Edward has studied with some of the world’s finest pianists, including Norman Beedie, Arnaldo Cohen, Rolf Hind, Hideki Nagano, Aaron Shorr, Kathryn Stott, Yevgeny Sudbin, Martino Tirimo, André Watts, and Lilya Zilberstein. He collaborates frequently with leading composers and has recently worked with Sally Beamish, James Dillon, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Charlotte Seither, and Elliott Schwartz. Edward has given many world premieres of his own compositions as well as works by composers including Rory Boyle, Jim Perkins, Lenny Sayers, and John Stringer.
Beyond his native Europe, Edward’s recital activity has taken him to India, Russia, the Far East, and across the USA, including a performance in the presence of HM The Queen. He recently returned to the USA by special invitation of the Chopin Symposium in Boston, where his performances of music by Franz Liszt and Charles-Valentin Alkan were described by leading pianist and scholar Roberto Poli as “simply sublime”. Edward has twice appeared at the BBC Proms, as a soloist in 2010 and with mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison in 2013.
A keen chamber musician, he has worked closely with leading ensembles including the Brodsky Quartet, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Additionally, he frequently performs with the Artisan and Beinn Artair Trios, the Barony and Red Note Ensembles, Daniel's Beard, Opera Alba, flautist Katherine Bryan, and clarinettist Jean Johnson. He has performed under the baton of conductors including Pierre Boulez, David Danzmayr, Hilary Davan Wetton, Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Eötvös, Peter Oundjian, Clement Power, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and recent concerto engagements have included Richard Strauss’ ‘Burleske’ with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Choral Fantasy’ with the Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra and Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 2 with the City of Carlisle Orchestra, Manuel de Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Concerto no. 2 with the Glasgow Orchestral Society.
Edward is the pianist for the chorus and junior chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society, the Glasgow Hospitals' Choir, the Glasgow Lyric Choir, and the Strathclyde University Chorus, and he has worked regularly with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus. In concert, he has performed with the Bothwell Philharmonic Choir, CoroEdina, Glasgow Cathedral Choir, Glasgow Chamber Choir, Scozzesi, the Singers Company, the West End Festival Chorus, and Montpellier’s Choeur d’Ô, amongst others. Additionally, Edward has worked as an official accompanist for the Dance School of Scotland, Glasgow Music Festival, King's College London, London Studio Centre, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, South London Dance Studios, the Urdang Academy, and for masterclasses given by Nicola Benedetti, Karen Cargill, Malcolm Martineau, János Starker, and David Watkin.
In his current home country he has appeared on stage as a soloist in all the major performance venues, including the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and the City Halls and Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Edward has recorded several CDs and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Television and Radio, Schweizer Radio DRS, Radio France, and National Public Radio in the USA. His playing was featured in the recent short film “Furnace Four”.
Edward is pleased to be represented by Classical Musicians Scotland.
Hailed as “a pianist of limitless potential with real emotional sensitivity and inquisitive intelligence” by the celebrated concert pianist André Watts, Edward Cohen began studies at the Royal College of Music when he was ten, and is a first class graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize-winning student. Additionally, he has studied at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and is an alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy.
Edward holds two MMus degrees with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he currently holds a position as lecturer in piano in both the senior and junior departments, alongside a role as staff accompanist. Additionally, he is a principal study teacher for the University of Glasgow. During his studies, he was supported by a full scholarship and a Musicians Benevolent Fund award. He has won the conservatoire’s most prestigious prizes in both solo and chamber music performance, including the Governor’s Keyboard Recital Prize, the Piano Accompaniment Prize, and the Alex Menzies Memorial Fund (for an outstanding accompanist chosen by the Principal), amongst numerous other successes.