Edward is the pianist for the choruses of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a role in which he regularly works closely with prominent conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, Kristjan Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Cristian Măcelaru, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Thomas Søndergård. Other renowned choirs he has worked with recently include the Edinburgh Festival Chorus with Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, and Martyn Brabbins, the National Youth Choir of Scotland with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus with Emmanuel Krivine and Richard Egarr. Additionally, Edward has worked as an accompanist for masterclasses given by Nicola Benedetti, Ian Bousfield, Karen Cargill, Malcolm Martineau, János Starker, and David Watkin.
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 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.
Edward has recorded several CDs and his playing has been heard extensively on television and radio around the globe. He was an official accompanist at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 competition which was produced by BBC Arts Digital and Radio 3 and broadcast on live video worldwide.
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. In the 2019/20 season, he returns twice to the RSNO Chamber Series, alongside further Scottish appearances at the Cumnock Tryst, Westbourne Music, and the University of Glasgow lunchtime series. Internationally, he has been invited back to perform at the Equinox Chamber Music festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, following a successful debut earlier this year.
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.
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. Edward holds two MMus degrees with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 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. He now maintains a position at the RCS 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.
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 major performance venues and festivals in his home country and beyond.
In concert, Edward has performed under the baton of Ryan Bancroft (2018 Malko Competition winner), Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, 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.