Edward holds two MMus degrees with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he currently maintains a position as lecturer in piano in both the senior and junior departments. Under his additional role as staff accompanist, he has created all of the new accompaniment modules that the conservatoire offers its students. He is a principal study teacher for the University of Glasgow, accompanist and coach at the Aberdeen International Festival of Youth Arts, and has recently given masterclasses at home and abroad, including at the University of Edinburgh and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
During his studies, Edward won the conservatoire’s most prestigious prizes in both solo and chamber music performance, including the Governor’s Keyboard Recital Prize and the Piano Accompaniment Prize, amongst numerous other successes. He was supported by a full scholarship and a Musicians Benevolent Fund award.
Edward counts some of the world’s finest pianists amongst his teachers, including Arnaldo Cohen, Rolf Hind, Hideki Nagano, Kathryn Stott, Yevgeny Sudbin, Martino Tirimo, André Watts, and Lilya Zilberstein. He collaborates frequently with leading composers and has worked with Sally Beamish, James Dillon, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Charlotte Seither, and Elliott Schwartz. He 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, recital activity has taken Edward to India, Russia, the Far East, and across the USA, including a performance in the presence of HM The Queen. He recently returned to America 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”. He has made numerous appearances at the BBC Proms, including as a soloist in 2010 and with Cardiff Singer of the World mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison in 2013.
A keen chamber musician, Edward has worked closely with leading ensembles including the Brodsky Quartet, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. 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 made his Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chamber Series debut in 2017.
Edward has performed under the baton of conductors including Ryan Bancroft (2018 Malko Competition winner), Christopher Bell, Pierre Boulez, David Danzmayr, Hilary Davan Wetton, Peter Eötvös, Clement Power, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and recent concerto engagements have included Richard Strauss’ ‘Burleske’ with the RSNO, 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 RSNO, a role in which he regularly works closely with leading conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, Kristjan Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Cristian Măcelaru, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Thomas Søndergård. He is accompanist for the Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society, and has worked regularly with many other leading choirs, including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus. 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, and the Urdang Academy, and for masterclasses given by Nicola Benedetti, Ian Bousfield, Karen Cargill, Malcolm Martineau, János Starker, and David Watkin.
Edward has recorded several CDs and his playing has been heard extensively on television and radio around the globe. He was an accompanist at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 competition which was produced by BBC Arts Digital and Radio 3 and broadcast on live video worldwide. In addition to this, his playing was featured in the recent short film “Furnace Four”.
Edward is pleased to be represented by Classical Musicians Scotland.
Edward Cohen has established himself as one of the most versatile and in-demand pianists in Scotland. Equally at home as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, choral accompanist, or educator, he regularly collaborates with leading musicians in the country’s major performance venues and festivals.
Hailed as posessing “limitless potential with real emotional sensitivity and inquisitive intelligence” by the celebrated concert pianist André Watts, Edward 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.