Alla Elana Cohen
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praise Him

Alla Elana Cohen's new CD "praise Him with harp and lyre, praise Him with strings and pipes" was released in May 2012.

Jupiter
"Jupiter Duo" was released on the 3rd of June 2010. The album includes her compositions for Cello and Piano Duo, for solo Cello and solo Piano. The CD was recorded at Jordan Hall, NEC, by Sebastian Baverstam, internationally acclaimed, prize-winning young cellist and Alla Elana Cohen, pianist. "Jupiter Duo" celebrates 10 years of collaboration between Sebastian Baverstam and Alla Elana Cohen. Learn More>>


two new releases
"The Day of Atomenent" and "The Road That Chooses Us" were both released in February 2010. Click here to learn More>>

cd face
The CD "The Route of Compassion" is available on CD Baby. Click here to learn More>>

Dedications
Alla Cohen's CD "Dedications" was released in 2008. It contains two of her String Quartets,Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, compositions for Cello and Piano, for Violin and Piano and for solo Cello.

"I have met in America...a composer, Alla Elana Cohen. I listened to her music. I spoke with her, and I understood that before me is a regular genius.."
-- Mikhail Kazinik, May 21, 2013

"It was a superb concert. Alla, you speak for all humanity! I remember the wonderful high treble register of the cello and piano duet with Sebastian Baverstam, then, the marimba and vibraphone duet, the brevity and the spice of the harmony; and then a wonderful string quartet about which I am still thinking; and I loved the piano solos and the conclusion of the concert: The Inner Temple, Sveti-tshoveli. My ears are still feasting on the concerts that you and Gunther Schuller did this week."
-- Ran Blake's impressions of the 02/12/09 concert at
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion


" It was so wonderful being in the Keller Room (NEC) last night for Alla Cohen's concert. Her music was glorious, cinematic, her spices, her rhythm, her harmonies, her ensemble - what a pleasure for the listener!"

-- Ran Blake, internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, who has performed throughout the US and Europe, McArthur Foundation Award (Genius' Grant) recipient, founder and for many years chair of Contemporary Improvisation Department of NEC

"The relentless intensity of Alla Cohen's music, its characteristic texture and powerful urgency, reveal a composer whose music emerges from the deepest sourses of passion and engagement. Her expressive dynamic is matched by her technical mastery and by her high-minded aesthetic. There is no compromise here. This is music, that simply must be."
-- Yehudi Wyner, internationally acclaimed composer and pianist, Pulitzer Prize in Music winner (2006),for 14 years professor and head of Composition Department at Yale University,professor of Cornell, Harvard and Brandeis Universities.

Welcome to the website of Alla Elana Cohen, a distinguished composer, pianist, teacher, music theorist and author. Her creative work is inspired by the Divine, the main contents and purpose of her music and piano play is to sing Glory to Almighty, and the motto of her life is: "To live in God, for God and with God".

Alla Elana Cohen considers all her musical compositions a gigantic cycle of prayers; in her opinion, music-making is the most natural and powerful form of prayer. She receives her music directly from the Source, and considers herself as a "God's Flute" - a humble tool, through which Almighty sends people his message of Love, Light, Mercy, Compassion, Peace, Goodness and Beauty.

“The relentless intensity of Alla Cohen's music, its characteristic texture and powerful urgency, reveal a composer whose music emerges from the deepest sources of passion and engagement. Her expressive dynamic is matched by her technical mastery and by her high-minded aesthetic. There is no compromise here. This is music that simply must be.”
--Yehudi Wyner

News

  • Mikhail Kazinik speaks on Alla Cohen during his interview with on BFI Radio on the 15th of November 2013. Kazinik comments, "I am sure, that in 50, or 35, or 40 years all those who love the music of Mozart and Beethoven will add to these names the name of Alla Cohen". See the interview
  • Mikhail Kazinik speaks on Alla Cohen during his interview with Latvian T.V. program, May 21, 2013. Kazinik comments, "I listened to her music, I spoke with her, and I understood that before me is a regular genius."
  • Here is the link to the radio program on Alla Elana Cohen's music, broadcast on the 17th and 20th of July, 2013, in Moscow, in Russia State Radio and TV Center of Musical Programs, on radio station Orpheus, author of the program - Mikhail Kazinik.

    "You ask me, if there is now classical mentality in music, and composers, who would talk to us in eternal language. I will tell you, that I would not find a better composer than Alla Elana Cohen. This is a completely unique voice in music - this is unbelievably deep."

    On the 17th and 20th of July, 2013 the radio station Orpheus in Moscow, Russia, broadcast a cycle of programs on Alla Cohen's music. The author of programs is Mikhail Kazinik. Mikhail Kazinik's programs have the highest ratings among all the programs of Orpheus, and Orpheus has the highest rating among the radio stations, that broadcast classical music in Russia.

    Mikhail Kazinik, world-renowned musician - violinist, musicologist, teacher, writer, philosopher, author of numerous musical radio and TV programs in Russia, Australia and Sweden (radio stations Orpheus, Rain and Silver Rain, SBS, AXESS TV etc.), Leading Expert and Curator of Nobel Prize Concerts (Sweden), author of books "Mysteries of Genius" I and "Mysteries of Genius" II, author (together with I. Shadhan) of 64 films "In the Free Flight or Ad Libitum", dedicated to the great composers and interesting phenomena of culture, author of numerous books and articles, dedicated to the perception of music.

    Read the essay on Alla Cohen's music, written by Mikhail Kazinik, on the press page.

  • On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 7:30 PM - Old South Church, Copely Square, Boston - New Works in Concert by Composer Alla Cohen was presented. The concert featured New Opera Buffa Three Young Women and a Piece of Lace and compositions for Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles.
  • In February, Alla Elana Cohen's one-act opera-buffa "The Cunning Housekeeper" won Director's Choice Award at International Composers' Competition, organized by Boston Metro Opera. This competition received 400 entries from 70 countries. "The Cunning Housekeeper" is queued to be performed during regular Boston Metro Opera season.
  • Arts Fuse writes, "On the new CD, Cohen’s music is by turns austere and lush, reverent and brash, warm and cool." Read the full review>>
  • The recent concert of Alla Elana Cohen: "An Evening of Opera-Buffa and Instrumental Ensembles" was warmly received. Susan Miron of The Boston Musical Intelligencer writes "Evidence abounded — as if the enthusiastic audience needed proof — at Boston’s Old South Church on June 7 that Alla Elana Cohen is a musical force to be reckoned with...I am in awe. The audience gave her a standing ovation. She earned every note of it." Read the full review here>>
  • The National Academy of Music honored Alla Elana Cohen with the title "Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Music" - the highest, the most senior title and degree of honorary membership, which is conferred only upon musicians of eminence, distinction and very high creative achievements. This Honorary Fellowship gives Alla Elana Cohen the right to use post nominal letters HonFNAM after her name. The National Academy of Music is based in Colorado, USA, and has its International Office in Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Alla Elana Cohen won the International Prize for Excellence in Composition, awarded by National Academy Of Music in Greece, in conjunction with Municipal Conservatories in Neapolis and Sykies, Greece.
  • Alla Elana Cohen's recent concert, sponsored by Israeli Consulate at Goethe Institute, Boston, MA, received press coverage throughout the area. Read Recent Press>>
  • Alla was recently featured in a Boston Globe video special
  • Ms. Cohen was also featured by WGHB. "The TV host, Jared Bowen, remarked that WGBH received many highly positive responses to his segment on Alla Cohen--a lot of good feedback, in which people praised both the music and Alla's sincerity and told the station how touched they were with it."
  • " Composer Alla Cohen is a pianist and music teacher whose deeply spiritual works are reaching a broader audience," writes the Boston Globe.
    Read the full Boston Globe article about Alla Cohen.
  • "...sophisticated harmonies and rhythms... blazed forth with utter clarity...'The Music of Alla Cohen' brings this intriguing and worthwhile composer before the public eye in a way that hopefully will lead to more concerts outside academia. Read the full Edge Boston review
  • "Alla Elana Cohen may be the best classical musician you’ve never heard of," writes The Boston Phoenix in their recent coverage. Read more about Alla and review the Editors Pick concert coverage.
  • "Rhythm Divine", a feature in Bay Windows is currently available and chronicles the life and work of Alla.
  • "Pianist/composer Alla Cohen Scales New Heights" is published online at Boston Herald.com.
  • Alla Elana Cohen's CD "Jupiter Duo" was recorded at NEC, at Jordan Hall. It contains five compositions for Cello and Piano, and solo Piano Pieces. Cello part is played by Sebastian Baverstam, Alla Elana Cohen plays the piano.
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Alla CohenAlla 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. Alla Elana Cohen has been recognized as a composer on international level, being a winner of Director's Choice Award at International Composers' Competition, organized by Boston Metro Opera for her opera-buffa "The Cunning Housekeeper", of International prize for Excellence in Composition, awarded by National Academy of Music in conjunction with Municipal Conservatories in Neapolis and Sykies, Greece. She has been also recognized as a composer by ASCAP, being annually a recipient of ASCAPLUS Awards, and received commissions from Music Teachers' National Association and from several outstanding solo musicians and musical ensembles.

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.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote, “it was a full house with everyone determined not to miss out on this important event…the concert was certainly a success." 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.

Concert of Alla Cohen's compositions in 2012 and her new CD praise Him with harp and lyre, praise Him with strings and pipes received a rave review/preview in ArtFuse, and the concert of her compositions in June 2011 - an excellent review in Boston Musical Intelligencer. Alla Cohen’s CD entitled Dedications was released in September 2008. Her next, The Route of Compassion, was recorded live at the Calderwood Pavilion concert and was released in the summer of 2009. The CD The Road that Chooses Us was released simultaneously with the CD The Day of Atonement, and in these two CDs, as well as in the CD praise Him with harp and lyre, praise Him with strings and pipes the composer presents her compositions for chamber orchestra and large ensembles, among other chamber works. A CD Jupiter Duo was recorded in Jordan Hall of New England Conservatory and was released in June 2010, it features Alla Cohen's works for cello and piano, for cello solo and for piano solo, performed by Alla Cohen with her long-time performer and prize-winner of international competitions Sebastian Baverstam.

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 2008. 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.

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