American violist Matthew Cohen is a dynamic and versatile artist whose captivating performances have made him one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. A recipient of numerous accolades and prizes, he has been awarded the 2018 Center for Musical Excellence International Performing Arts Grant, top prizes at the 2018 Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, the 2016 “Citta di Cremona” International Viola Competition in Cremona, Italy, the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition and 2015 Vivo International Music Competition and the “Best Performance of Commissioned Work” prize at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition.
Recent solo engagements include his Lincoln Center debut performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, his European debut performing Hummel’s Potpourri with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, his Italian debut performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the I Virtuosi Italiani orchestra in Cremona, Italy, and presenting the world premiere of Garry Schyman’s viola concerto “Zingaro” with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony conducted by Dr. Noreen Green. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed alongside many distinguished artists including members of the Borromeo, Guarneri, Jasper, Orion, Tokyo, and Vermeer string quartets and the Beaux Arts and Tempest piano trios, and and has been featured by numerous chamber music series including Camerata Pacifica, the Colburn Chamber Music Series, Heifetz Celebrity Series, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Red Barn Chamber Music, and Olmos Ensemble. Matthew is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School’s Master of Music program where he was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. In addition to holding the position of principal viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Symphony in C, he is as a member of the chamber music faculty at the HeifetzPEG Institute in Virginia and is the co-founder and artistic director of Fishin’ in C, a concert series based in Fishtown, Philadelphia that launched in fall 2018. His recording of York Bowen’s Phantasy is available on the Soundset label.