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paul-cohenPaul Cohen, professor of saxophone, is one of the strongest voices among those striving to bring the saxophone into the mainstream of classical music performance.

Cohen is active as a performer, teacher, historian, musicologist and author in all areas related to the saxophone. He has appeared as a soloist with many of the nation’s top symphonies and professional ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony and New York Solisti, among many others.

As an orchestral player he reguarly performs with the Long Island Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, Charelston Symphony, RED (Cleveland) New Jersey Symphony in addtions to chamber groups including Continnum, Composers Concordance, Locrian Chamber Ensemble and Orpheus.

He has recorded three albums with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, a CD of the music of Villa-Lobos with the Quintet of the Americas, and recordings with the Saxophone Sinfonia, New York Solisti, Paul Winter Consort, North-South Consonance and the new Sousa Band.

His two most recent recordings include an environmental-jazz CD of solo improvisation, and the newly discovered saxophone concerto of the 19th-century American composer Caryl Florio. His recent recording with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet of the Concerto Sinfonico for saxophone quartet and orchetra is being released by Naxos in the Spring of 2006.

Dr. Cohen is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, Rutgers, MSU and NYU.

Dr. Cohen owns one of the world’s largest private collections of saxophones, and his To The Fore Publishing Company offers an extensive catalog of his arrangements and settings for saxophone ensemble as well as original, historical and contemporary saxophone works from selected composers.

As a historian, he frequently presents lectures on saxophone, illustrating his talks with rare instruments, manuscripts and archival material from his extensive private collection.

Cohen has published numerous articles on saxophone literature and history in noted publications, including “Saxophone Journal,” “Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine of Great Britain,” “The Grainger Society Journal” and the North American Saxophone Alliance’s quarterly publication, the “Saxophone Symposium.” From 1985 -2002 he authored the informative “Vintage Saxophone Revisited” column in the “Saxophone Journal”.