Steven Cohen

Horn Performance - Education - Scholarship

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 such as Wicked, The Lion King, and The Phantom of the Opera. During the holiday season, Cohen can be seen with Mannheim Steamroller. He is featured with the group on their latest release, "Mannheim Steamroller Live," available on DVD/Blu-ray, CD, and on iTunes. 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 and 50th International Horn Symposia, as well as at the 45th IHS.

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 for the horn, 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. His debut album Cruise Control presents the world premieres of five new works for horn as part of a major commission collaboration with five American composers.

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 masterclasses and recitals 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.

From 2015-2016, Cohen served as the Maurice Faulkner Doctoral Fellow in Horn at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He 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


Photographer: Oriana Layendecker