Steve Cohen

Photo courtesy of Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen, clarinet | Gabriel Dobner, piano
with Janice L. Minor, clarinet and Susan Barber, bassoon

October 25, 2012 Thursday @ 8 p.m. Recital Hall


Professor of clarinet at Northwestern University, Steve Cohen, and JMU faculty members, Janice L. Minor (clarinet) and Sue Barber (bassoon) perform Divertimento No. 5 for two clarinets and bassoon by W. A. Mozart. This concert also features faculty pianist, Gabriel Dobner.

Steve Cohen maintains an active yearly solo, chamber music and master class schedule and has performed solo recitals and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Korea. He has toured in the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater and throughout Europe as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Cohen has been the principal clarinet at the Brevard Music Center since 1979. He is the former principal clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic. Since moving to Chicago in 2005, he has performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Music of the Baroque Orchestra. Cohen is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. He hosted the ICA 2001 convention in New Orleans and has written many articles for The Clarinet magazine. Born and raised in New York City, Cohen studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a clarinet and piano major.

Pianist Gabriel Dobner first appeared in concert in Europe in 1991 with the Villa Musica Chamber Music Ensemble in Mainz, Germany. 1993 marked the beginning of his eight years in Germany, after having been awarded a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) to study lied accompanying in Munich with Professor Helmut Deutsch. The following year he won the special collaborative pianist prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition in Munich. While living in Augsburg, Dobner quickly established himself as one of Germany's most sought–after collaborative pianists, performing regularly with such notable singers as Cornelia Kallisch, René Kollo and Kevin McMillan. These collaborations led to performances in many of the major concert venues in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Japan. Dobner has recorded for both the Ottavo and MDG labels, winning high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a "master among Lieder pianists." Dobner received a BM degree from Roosevelt University and his MM and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University.

Janice L. Minor is the clarinet professor at James Madison University and the Saarburger Serenaden: International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician having performed with the Montpelier Wind Quintet, the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, as well as on soundtracks for The Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Appearances as soloist, chamber musician and clinician include: the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany; the United States Army Band Pershing's Own; the Northwest Symphony Orchestra; the Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble; Aspen Music Festival; Opera Theater of Lucca Music Festival in Italy; the Interlochen Arts Academy; and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Minor is a Buffet Crampon USA performing artist/clinician music and reviewer for The Clarinet, the official journal of the International Clarinet Association.

Sue Barber is the Associate Professor of Bassoon and coordinator of the Woodwind Area at the James Madison University School of Music. She performs regularly as a member of the Montpelier Wind Quintet and teaches at the Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, NC during the summer season. In addition, she is an active freelance bassoonist in the region, having performed regularly with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Opera on The James, Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia and The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville. Barber earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University.

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