Jonathan Cohen


Clarinetist Jonathan Cohen lives in New York City, performing with top orchestras and chamber groups around the city. A third generation clarinetist, Jonathan was born in New Orleans. He began clarinet lessons with his father, Steve Cohen, at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.


Upon finishing his Master of Music degree from Juilliard, Jonathan went on to play with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for three seasons. In addition to weekly concerts, he also maintained an active teaching studio as well mentoring young students in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra. 


Jonathan was featured on the NPR program “From the Top” as part of a PBS television special with renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. His summer festival performances include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Sunflower, Buzzard’s Bay, Naumburg Summer Series, and Minnesota Beethoven festivals among others. 


In addition to his work with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jonathan has also appeared as a guest member with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. 


Jonathan’s major teaches have been Steve Cohen, Nathan Williams, Anthony McGill, Mark Nuccio, and Yehuda Gilad. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.