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 throughout the United States and performs with numerous national touring Broadway productions. Cohen has been a featured artist at numerous horn workshops and events throughout the United States. In February 2019, he was featured on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase, presenting a recital that was internationally broadcast. His appearance on the program marked the first horn recital presented on the Young Artists Showcase since the 1990s. Cohen was a Contributing Artist at the 45th, 48th and 50th International Horn Symposia. He can be seen regularly with Mannheim Steamroller and 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.
As a chamber musician, Cohen has performed with the Inverness Chamber Players, as well several chamber and horn ensembles throughout the US. He 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 commissioned and premiered over 25 works from a distinguished collective of composers. His debut album, Cruise Control, features the world premieres of five new, major works for horn, and has been heralded as “a musical and technical tour de force.” In addition, Cohen oversees The NU CORNO Ensemble, an ongoing project dedicated to the commissioning and performance of new works for horn ensemble. The group has been featured at three International Horn Symposia and introduced over 10 works into the horn ensemble repertoire
Cohen’s love of the horn far extends 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 recitals and masterclasses at universities across the country, as well as 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. 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 by Engelbert Schmid
Photographer: Oriana Layendecker