Franklin Cohen, Clarinet
Franklin Cohen has been the principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976. First-prize winner in the International Music Competition in Munich in 1968, Mr. Cohen received a bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School of Music. He is a frequent soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, appearing twice yearly; he has performed solo in Cleveland, Carnegie Hall, throughout the U.S., Europe and the Far East with conductors Christopher von Dohnányi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Jahja Ling, Yoel Levi, Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Eschenbach, Eduardo Mata, and Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Mr. Cohen's recordings on the London/Decca label include the Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op. 114 with pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and cellist Stephen Geber, and the two Brahms sonatas, recorded with Mr. Ashkenazy. He also recorded the Debussy Rhapsody on the DGG label with The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez conducting, a recording that won two Grammy Awards. Mr. Cohen has served on many international juries, including the 1998 Munich Competition. He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1976.