Paul Cohen (saxophonist)

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Paul Cohen is an American saxophonist. He is active as a performer, teacher, historian, musicologist, and author in areas related to the saxophone.


He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

Performing career[edit]

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi and others. He has performed solo works of Jacques Ibert, Claude Debussy, Paul Creston, Alexander Glazunov, Charles Martin Loeffler, Karel Husa, Frank Martin, Ingolf Dahl, Henry Cowell, and Henri Tomasi.

He performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the New York Solisti, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, Group for Contemporary Music, NEP Symphony, Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra, Wayne Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, and the Long Island Philharmonic.

He has recorded three albums with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, a CD of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos with the Quintet of the Americas, plus 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 as well as the newly discovered saxophone concerto of the 19th century American composer Caryl Florio.

Teaching career[edit]

Cohen is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, William Paterson University, New York University, and Queens College. He has previously taught at the Oberlin Conservatory.

In the 1980s he served on the staff of Lee Patrick's Saxophone Institutes held at the University of Louisville as a conductor and chamber music coach. He worked with Sigurd Raschèr at Raschèr's saxophone workshops in the 1990s.

Saxophone research[edit]

Cohen has published numerous articles on saxophone literature and history in such noted publications as Saxophone Journal, the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine of Great Britain, The Grainger Society Journal, the Saxophone Symposium, The Instrumentalist, and CBDNA Notes. Since 1985 he has authored the "Vintage Saxophones Revisited" column in Saxophone Journal.

He has more than 150 saxophones in his home saxophone museum, which includes numerous documents, photos and memorabilia of the instrument.[1]

He has rediscovered and performed lost saxophone literature, including solo works for saxophone and orchestra by Loeffler, Florio and Dahl, as well as rare chamber works by Grainger, Ornstein, Cowell, Siegmeister and Loeffler.

His album of unusual saxophones, Paul Cohen's Vintage Saxophones Revisited: A tour of the early history of the saxophone, was recorded in 19__.

Cohen's publishing company, To the Fore Publishers, offers original, historical and contemporary saxophone works from a wide range of composers in addition to Cohen's own arrangements and settings for saxophone ensemble. His collection of songs and dances transcribed for saxophone quartet, The Renaissance Book, is published by Galaxy Music.


  1. ^ Prosnitz, Howard. "Noted musician, scholar has home saxophone museum". North Retrieved 2011-12-17. 

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