Steven Cohen, DMA student in Horn and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Wind Ensemble, is an active performer and clinician. Steven can be heard on American Gramaphone’s latest release, “Mannheim Steamroller Live,” a celebration of Mannheim Steamroller’s 30 years of music making. A milestone release on Blu-ray/DVD and CD, the program was captured in high definition and recorded in surround sound over two evenings in December 2014 at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, NE, hometown of Mannheim Steamroller. Steven regularly tours with the group as their principal horn during the holiday season.
Last month, Steven was a guest clinician at Utah Valley University. During his three days there, he taught lessons to members of the horn studio, presented a solo master class, an orchestral repertoire master class, as well as a presentation exploring the music of Bach which features his primary instrument, the horn. The three-day visit culminated in a joint recital with Dr. Jeb Wallace, Assistant Professor of Horn at Utah Valley University, and Steven guest conducting the Utah Valley University Horn Ensemble.
An in-demand freelance horn player, Steven is a frequent guest with the Omaha Symphony and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, while performing with various national touring Broadway productions such as Wicked and The Lion King. Additionally, he holds positions in various orchestral and chamber ensembles in Nebraska. From 2010-2012, Steven was Principal Horn with The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables. Prior to his appointment with Les Misérables, he was Principal Horn with The Manhattan Symphonie (NY). Steven was a National Finalist in the 2014 Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artists Brass Competition and was soloist with the Mannes Conductor’s Orchestra in April 2010 and the University of Nebraska Symphony in March 2013.
Steven’s love of the horn far extends just being a performer. As a scholar, he has presented at the national and international level. Steven had the pleasure of presenting “from ON stage to UNDER it: Transforming from an Orchestral to Pit Hornist and Back,” a lecture that explored the world of Broadway pit performance and interpretation, at the 45th International Horn Symposium. He has also presented lectures at various workshops on the implication of teaching and performance practices in the works of J.S. Bach which feature the horn. Aside from his scholarly work, Steven has worked with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music to develop and produce live concert webcasts and recordings.
Steven holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His principal teachers include Dr. Steven Gross, Dr. Alan Mattingly, Philip Myers, and R. Allen Spanjer.
Steven Cohen is a Siegfried’s Call Artist and plays horns by Engelbert Schmid.