Alla Elana Cohen is a distinguished composer, pianist, music theorist and teacher who came to the United States in 1989 from Soviet Russia. Receiving her education in Moscow and graduating from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the highest honors of distinction, Ms. Cohen lives in Boston, and is a member of the faculty of Berklee College of Music and of New England Conservatory of Music.
As a composer, Alla Cohen works in all genres of orchestral, chamber and operatic music, and has an extensive catalogue of original compositions. Alla Cohen’s compositions, often with the composer at the piano, are regularly performed and recorded with much success and acclaim. In February 2010, a concert of the composer’s music was presented and sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England at the Goethe-Institut Boston. In this concert, Ms. Cohen’s works were performed by stellar Israeli musicians, including the internationally acclaimed Ariel String Quartet, world-renowned clarinetist Moran Katz, and outstanding Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Mickey Katz. In its editor’s pick of this concert, the Boston Globe wrote, “and when the program features compositions of pianist and composer Alla Cohen, you go.” In 2009, Ms. Cohen presented a landmark concert at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion, which was of great note in the local press, including the Boston Globe (“Composer Alla Cohen is a pianist and music teacher whose works are reaching a broader audience”), the Boston Herald (“Pianist/composer Alla Cohen scales new heights”), the Boston Phoenix editor’s pick (“Alla Elana Cohen may be the best classical musician you’ve never heard of”), WGBH TV (“She’s absolutely fascinating,” and [we’ve] “received many highly positive responses to this segment on Alla Cohen–a lot of good feedback, in which people praised both the music and Alla’s sincerity”), and in a featured video on boston.com. Alla Cohen continues to present concerts of her music in different venues around Boston, including the Goethe-Institut Boston, the Old South Church, etc. In 2012, Alla Cohen had a joint concert with world-renowned composer/pianist Ran Blake. Alla’s music continues to receive the most positive reviews and previews in the press. Her music is performed by internationally-acclaimed, young musicians–winners of international performers’ competitions, such as Sebastian Baverstam, Bianca Garcia, etc.
Alla Cohen’s CD Dedications was released in September 2008. Her next, The Route of Compassion, was recorded live at her Calderwood Pavilion concert and was released in the summer of 2009. The CD The Road That Chooses Us was released simultaneously with The Day of Atonement in 2010. With these two CDs, the composer presented many of her compositions for large ensembles, among other chamber works. A CD of the composer’s chamber music was recorded in Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, and was released at a concert in June 2010. The Jupiter Duo CD features Alla Cohen performing her works with her long-time performer and international prize winner, cellist Sebastian Baverstam. The CD Praise Him with Harp and Lyre, Praise Him with Stings and Flutes was released in May 2012, and includes works for chamber orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo piano pieces.
Alla Elana Cohen received the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition awared by the National Academy of Music in conjunction with the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies, Greece, in 2010; and
the title of Honorary Fellow of National Academy of Music conferred by the same in 2011. Alla Cohen has been recognized as a composer by ASCAP, being annually a recipient of ASCAPLUS Awards, and has received commissions from the Music Teachers National Association, and several outstanding solo musicians. Alla Cohen has been awarded as a teacher by ASCAP with a special award for “inspiring, educating and mentoring young musicians to become composers of tomorrow,” as well as being the recipient of numerous certificates of recognition and awards as a teacher of MTNA Young Composers’ Competition national level winners. She was also awarded with the Ted Pease Excellence in Teaching Award by Berklee College of Music in 2007. Many composition students of Professor Cohen have been prize winners of numerous prestigious state, national and international composers’ competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth Composers’ Competition, Belgium; ASCAP Morton Gould Award; Composers’ Competition in Haifa, Israel; Lepo Sumera Competition, Estonia; Robert Helps Prize; Beethoven Club Competition; International Young Artists Competition, Connecticut; Pikes Peak National Young Composers’ Competition; and the National Level of the MTNA Competition. Alla Cohen is the author of an ear-training book, Perfect Pitch for You, published in 2007 by Len Rhodes Music Publishing, and the author of two books dedicated to various aspects of harmony: The Art of Modulation and In the Vertical Realm.
B.M., with highest honors, Music College at Moscow State Conservatory, M.M., with highest honors, Moscow State Conservatory. Also faculty of Berklee College of Music.