Daniel Cohen creates harmony for Arab and Israeli musicians

Daniel Cohen


Award-winning conductor Daniel Cohen is limbering up for London.

On Sunday, 24-year-old Mr Cohen will be performing at a concert of British and Israeli music, The Musical Dialogues, on the Southbank, in an event organised by the Jewish Music Institute and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Israel-born Mr Cohen, a protégé of renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, tells People: "Music is an extremely effective way to create dialogues between faiths.

"It puts us all as equals in front of something that's bigger than us, and we all need to listen."

Chief conductor of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Mr Cohen studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2004.

In 2007, he won the first prize in the Admont International Conducting Competition in Austria, and won the first prize in the Aviv Competition in Israel the following year.

"I love conducting. I like the sound and I like having the orchestra as my instrument, balancing the different sounds to create something coherent from them.

"It's a very social work," adds Mr Cohen, who divides his time between Tel Aviv and Berlin.

The concert, which also features composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, and soprano Sharon Rostorf-Zamir, aims to combine Jewish traditions with Arab and Middle Eastern music.


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