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Steven Cohen

New York, NY   

Steven Cohen has been heard internationally as an orchestral, Broadway, and chamber musician. A freelance horn player based in New York, he is a frequent guest with orchestras in the New York area and the Midwest, while performing with various national touring Broadway productions including Wicked, The Lion King, and The Phantom of the Opera. During the holiday season, Cohen can be seen with Mannheim Steamroller as their solo hornist. He is featured with the group on their latest release, “Mannheim Steamroller Live!” From 2010-2012, Cohen was Principal Horn with The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables. Prior to his appointment with Les Misérables, he was Principal Horn of The Manhattan Symphonie. Cohen was a Contributing Artist and member of a featured ensemble at the 48th International Horn Symposium, as well as at the 45th Symposium.

As a chamber musician, Cohen has performed with the Inverness Chamber Players, as well several chamber and horn ensembles throughout the US. Cohen is a member of the Ad-Venturi Horn Duo. Together with Jeb Wallace, Assistant Professor of Horn at Wichita State University, the duo has performed in recital through the United States and at the 48th International Horn Symposium. 

A proponent for the creation of new music, Cohen has the privilege of overseeing a project which creates new works for horn ensembles. Composers who have written for the project include Kerry Turner, Eric Ewzaen, Daniel Baldwin, James Naigus, and Jenni Brandon. He has had the opportunity to have presented the premieres of these works on recitals at the 47th and 48th International Horn Symposiums with ensembles made of up internationally recognized horn players. Additionally, Cohen has commissioned several solo and chamber works for the horn, giving their premieres throughout the United States and at international venues.

Cohen’s love of the horn far extends from just being a performer. As a lecturer, he has presented at the national and international level. His presentations, “from ON stage to UNDER it: Transforming from an Orchestral to Pit Hornist,” and “J.S. Bach: An Exploration of Teaching and Performance Practice,” have been presented at numerous International Horn Symposia, various national workshops, and universities worldwide. Aside from his presentations, Cohen is sought after as a clinician, presenting masterclasses and recitals at universities across the country, as well as serving an adjudicator for horn competitions. In 2017, Cohen served as the Coordinating Judge of the Engelbert Schmid Horn Competition.

Cohen holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Additionally, he served as the Maurice Faulkner Doctoral Fellow in Horn at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2015-2016. Cohen’s principal teachers include Philip Myers, Dr. Alan Mattingly, and R. Allen Spanjer. Steven Cohen is a Siegfried’s Call Artist and performs on horns made by Engelbert Schmid.


Beethoven Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 17 – 1st Mvt.

Steven Cohen, horn; Martha Locker, piano

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James Naigus – Venturi for 2 Horns and Piano

World Premiere Performance – March 2017
Steven Cohen and Jeb Wallace, horns; James Naigus, piano

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Brahms – Horn Trio, Op. 40 – Movements 1 and 4

Steven Cohen, horn; Rebecca Kia, violin; Christi Zuniga, piano

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