Yuval Cohen

Aldwell Center


Mr. Cohen teaches classical and jazz piano and theory at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and its Conservatory, and coaches chamber music and jazz ensembles. He also serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Edward Aldwell Center, where he teaches the Analysis for Performers class for the Young Piano Masters Project. Mr. Cohen served on the piano faculty of the Vienna International School, and at the Bruckner Conservatory Jazz department in Linz. He also served as Assistant Professor in the Piano Department at Purchase College, and taught piano, keyboard harmony, and analysis at New York University.

Yuval Cohen began his piano studies at the age of 5 with Lea Agmon and played his first recital at age 12. He graduated from the Hebrew University High School, where he majored in music, mathematics, and physics. He won the competition for the IDF's Outstanding Musicians Program, and during his compulsory military service he also studied with pianist Yahli Wagman. He obtained his BA and MA degrees, with the aid of a special scholarship, from the Mannes College of Music in New York, under the guidance of Edward Aldwell, Richard Goode, Robert Cookson, and Carl Schachter. Mr. Cohen is currently a PhD Candidate in piano performance at New York University.

Mr. Cohen was a recipient of  awards from the America Israel Culture Foundation, since the age of 6. He won several competitions, including the Young Artist Competition in Jerusalem (both solo and chamber music divisions) and the Tel-Aviv Chopin Competition. He was a finalist at the Jacksonville International Jazz Piano Competition in 2000 and 2009, and received the Swift Piano Award (Mannes, 2000) and the Billy Joel Grant (NYU, 2006-2008).

Mr. Cohen has performed as soloist, in chamber music ensembles, and with jazz ensembles throughout Israel, the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico.. He has appeared on major stages, including the Henry Crown Auditorium in Jerusalem, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Banff Music Festival in Canada, and the Cervantino Festival in Mexico.